Bournemouth supervisor Eddie Howe has left the membership by mutual consent after their relegation from the Premier League.
The 42-year-old led the Cherries in additional than 450 video games throughout two spells spanning greater than a decade.
The Englishman, who leaves after speaking to membership officers on Saturday, stated he believes it’s “the right time for the club to have a change”.
Bournemouth’s five-year keep within the high flight ended regardless of a Three-1 win at Everton on the ultimate day of the season.
“Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and a manager, this decision – made together with the club – is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” stated Howe in an open letter to followers.
“However, though the love and love I’ve for this soccer membership will all the time stay, we collectively really feel that now could be the suitable time for the membership to go in a brand new path.
“Bournemouth will all the time be in my coronary heart, however I firmly imagine now could be the suitable time for the membership to have a change.”
Bournemouth had risen from League Two to change into a longtime Premier League staff beneath Howe, who guided them to a few promotions in six seasons.
But they misplaced 22 of their 38 video games to complete 18th within the desk, one level from security, and return to the Championship after 5 seasons within the Premier League.
Quite a lot of big-money signings haven’t labored out for the Cherries within the method Howe – who performed greater than 250 instances for the membership – could have hoped for.
Winger Jordon Ibe, who value £15m from Liverpool in 2016, performed solely two league video games in 2019-20, and striker Dominic Solanke – who arrived in a £19m deal from the Anfield membership in 2019 – managed three league objectives in 32 video games.
The south coast membership additionally suffered with accidents, not least skilled defender Charlie Daniels being dominated out for the season in August 2019 and promising winger David Brooks requiring two operations that noticed him miss the vast majority of the marketing campaign.
Cherries chief govt Neill Blake stated Howe was a Bournemouth legend who has helped “transform the identity and history of the club”.
He stated the choice to half firm was “even harder given our close personal friendship”.
‘What he achieved is a miracle’
Former Bournemouth boss Harry Redknapp, who managed the membership from 1983 to 1992 and took them into the second tier of English soccer for the primary time of their historical past in 1987, predicts Howe will probably be “back in the Premier League soon”.
He advised BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’m very shocked. I felt positive he would look to get the membership again up subsequent season. The job he has performed has been unbelievable.
“He took a membership struggling within the third tier into the championship – which was a miracle – after which into the Premier, which I assumed was inconceivable to do.
“Then for 5 years he had us taking part in unbelievable soccer, beating all people at totally different instances – it has been wonderful.
“The stadium solely holds 11,000 individuals, they’d no proper to get within the Premier League. For 100 years they have been by no means out of division three or 4. No disrespect however it might be like Rochdale, or golf equipment like that, coming into Premier League. It has been unbelievable.
“It will not be an easy job to follow him. He could not have done any more, and walks away with his head held high.”
Howe’s timeline as Bournemouth supervisor
31 December 2008 – Howe, aged simply 31, takes caretaker cost with the membership 91st within the Football League and going through relegation and potential liquidation. Despite beginning the season on -17 factors, the Cherries keep up on the ultimate day of the season after successful the final three video games.
Eight May 2010 – Bournemouth are promoted to League One in Howe’s first full season as everlasting boss, ending second on 83 factors.
14 January 2011 – In his first season in League One, Howe takes the Cherries into the play-off positions and is courted by golf equipment from the Championship. He ultimately leaves for Burnley. Bournemouth go on to lose on penalties to Huddersfield within the play-off semi-finals.
16 October 2012 – After 18 months with out notable success at Turf Moor, Howe returns to Bournemouth. They are promoted to the Championship behind Doncaster. It is just the second time within the membership’s historical past they’ve performed within the high two tiers.
2 May 2015 – After a 10th-placed end of their first season within the Championship, Howe guides the Cherries to the title, pipping Watford on the ultimate day. The season consists of an Eight-Zero win at Birmingham and promotion to the highest flight is a primary for the membership.
17 May 2016 – Bournemouth survive with a five-point cushion after a maiden Premier League season which noticed them spend £10m on Benik Afobe and beat Chelsea and Manchester United.
21 May 2017 – Bournemouth end in ninth place within the high flight, with Joshua King scoring 16 objectives within the Premier League.
13 May 2018 – In the relegation zone at Christmas, Howe engineers a powerful restoration and Bournemouth ultimately end in 12th place.
12 May 2019 – Bournemouth are as excessive as sixth in early December however tail away within the second half of the season to complete 14th – 11 factors away from bother.
1 January 2020 – A Four-Zero defeat at West Ham sees Bournemouth fall into the relegation zone for the primary time in 2019-20.
26 July 2020 – Bournemouth’s five-year keep within the Premier League ends regardless of beating Everton as a result of Aston Villa safe a draw at West Ham.
1 August 2020 – Howe leaves the membership by mutual consent.