Date: 2nd August 2020 at 9:17am
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At 9 pm on Saturday 1st August 2020, AFC Bournemouth shocked their fanbase, their players and staff by announcing the news that Eddie Howe had left the club by mutual consent.

Six days had passed since the club had beaten Everton 3-1 on the final day of the Premier League season, however, the Cherries had still lost their Premier League status, relegated by just a single point to the Championship.

Immediately after the full-time whistle, Howe declared that he needed “to speak to the owner and the board of directors and see where we go from here. We need to have a strong vision of the future.”

AFC Bournemouth captain Steve Cook was quick to declare his backing for Howe stating that there’s no other person I can see and would want to guide us back to the Premier League.”

As the week progressed, those close to the club believed that Howe would stay at Dean Court and when AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin made a rate statement, declaring his commitment to AFC Bournemouth and a desire to get the Cherries back to the top flight of English football, everything looked like it was pointing in the direction of Eddie Howe remaining as AFC Bournemouth manager.

Should Howe have stayed?

Yes

Yes

No

No

But despite those in the media and around the club believing Howe would be staying, talks between Howe and the AFC Bournemouth resulted in Howe leaving the club.

Howe revealed in his open letter on AFC Bournemouth’s official website…

“After what has been an incredibly challenging few days and following extensive talks between myself and the club I can confirm that we have collectively come to the decision that it would be in the best interests of AFC Bournemouth for me to leave the club by mutual consent.”

Howe went on to add…

“It is difficult to put into words what Bournemouth means to me, both as a town and as a football club. 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. However, 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.

“Our journey together over the past decade has quite simply been an incredible one and I feel immense pride at what we’ve achieved together in that time.

The search for a new manager now begins. Whoever steps foot into the dugout at Dean Court will find shoes that are impossible to fill, but they will inherit a young squad full of potential, hitting the new challenge of life in the Championship.

For the immediate short term, Jason Tindall will continue as caretaker manager. Tindall has worked as assistant boss at Dean Court under both Jimmy Quinn and Eddie Howe, but doesn’t offer that “new direction” that Howe alluded to in his open letter, which could indicate that Tindall and other members of his backroom team could also be set to depart over the coming weeks.

Players reaction

Fan Reaction

Resevoir_Red

I love you Eddie, it’s a shame the board didn’t have the vision to
make the club bigger and achieve training ground and buy back stadium.
I can’t imagine going to games without you as manager and I feel physically ill.
I’ve fallen out of love with football.

NWCherries98

He’s not been sacked, he’s left the club. I firmly believe this was his decision and his alone, whether it was down to being drained, or not being given the considerations he wanted. Gutted.

kirsikka

Mutual consent implies the board agreed. They could have told him they were backing him and if he wanted to leave he had to resign.

northstandmark

Difficult to know how to read it, but:
“challenging few days and following extensive talks ” does not seem to me like a straightforward ‘I need a break’ type situation.

4FCB

The new training facilities that didn’t happen.

The new stadium that didn’t happen.

Losing Nathan Ake from the squad.

Just a few of the possible reasons that are gonna be bandied about ……. but heck, facts don’t lie do they.

To be honest, I don’t blame Eddie one bit.

USCherry

Class act as usual. No matter what the discussions were, whether asked to leave or wanted out or both his letter is exactly what I would have expected from him. – Join the conversation, click here.

 
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