AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has parted ways with the club by mutual consent following their relegation from the English Premier League.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “AFC Bournemouth can confirm that Eddie Howe has left the club by mutual consent.”
The 42-year-old, who has managed the Cherries in more than 450 games across two spells at Vitality Stadium made the decision together with other club officials on Saturday, 1st August.
Howe made more than 300 appearances as a Cherries player and led the club to qualify for the Premier League for the first in the club’s history in 2015.
“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. Although the affection and love I have for this football club will always remain, we collectively feel that now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction,” Howe said, in an open letter to the supporters.
“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that now is the right time for the club to have a change. I have always ensured that every decision I have ever made as manager has been in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and this is no different.”
Howe was initially appointed AFC Bournemouth caretaker manager in December 2008, with the club sitting on -17 points at the bottom of the Football League.
Against all the odds, he secured their safety and followed it with promotion from League Two the following season.
For his part, AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “Eddie Howe is synonymous with this football club, both as a player and a manager, and that will never change. He is quite simply an AFC Bournemouth legend, having helped transform the identity and history of the club.
“Myself, our owner, Maxim Demin, and the board’s gratitude and appreciation for Eddie’s achievements cannot and will never be underestimated. A decision like this cannot be taken lightly, which is why this has been discussed together at length over the past few days. It is even harder given our close personal friendship.
“We wish Eddie well for whatever the future holds and hope he enjoys some much-deserved and well-earned time with his family.”