Eddie Howe is no longer Bournemouth’s coach. The Englishman and the club relegated from the Premier League decided to part ways on Saturday.
“After spending a total of 25 years at the club as a player and as a manager, this decision is one of the most difficult I have ever had to make,” said Howe on the Bournemouth website. “Although the love that I have for this club will continue to exist, we think it is the right time for the club to take a new direction.”
Howe, 42, had been in charge of Bournemouth since 2012. His team finished eighteenth in the Premier League last season, relegating to the Championship.
At Bournemouth, two Dutchmen are currently under contract with Nathan Aké and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld. However, Aké is close to a transfer to Manchester City, which according to English media has reached an agreement with the relegant about a transfer fee of 45 million euros for the Orange international.
Bournemouth in four seasons from League One to Premier League
Howe guided Bournemouth from League One to the Premier League in four seasons. In 2012, ‘The Cherries’ stayed in League One, a year later they promoted to the Championship and in 2015 they promoted to Premier League for the first time in club history.
In 2017, Bournemouth achieved the best final ranking in the Premier League with ninth place. In the following seasons, the twelfth, fourteenth and therefore eighteenth place went worse with the club.
Howe was in his second period as coach of Bournemouth. In 2008 he immediately started working as a trainer for the club from the south of England at the age of thirty, after having finished his playing career there. After a season with Burnley, he returned to Bournemouth in 2012.