Bournemouth and Eddie Howe have parted methods following the membership’s relegation from the Premier League.
The Cherries have been consigned to the Championship on the ultimate day of the 2019/20 season after 5 seasons within the top-flight.
Having held talks with Bournemouth officers over the weekend, Howe declared the time is correct for a change following two spells as supervisor spanning greater than 450 video games and over 11 years.
In an open letter to followers, Howe wrote: “Having spent a complete of 25 years with the membership as each a participant and a supervisor, this determination – made along with the membership – is among the hardest I’ve ever needed to make.
“Nevertheless, though the love and love I’ve for this soccer membership will at all times stay, we collectively really feel that now’s the proper time for the membership to go in a brand new route.
“Bournemouth will at all times be in my coronary heart, however I firmly imagine that now’s the proper time for the membership to have a change.”
Howe racked up 300 appearances as a participant for Bournemouth earlier than happening to turn into supervisor on the age of simply 31.
When he took over on the membership they have been in League Two, and on -17 factors, and nearly managed to flee relegation out of the Soccer League.
He took them as much as League One and left for a short stint at Burnley earlier than returning to the south coast membership in 2012.
Promotion quickly adopted to the Championship earlier than they went as much as the highest flight for the primary time of their historical past in 2015.
They achieved a ninth place end within the 2016/17 marketing campaign and have become a longtime Premier League membership.
However this season has been a catastrophe with cash spent on large signings not paying off and the membership dropping 22 of their 38 video games to complete 18th within the desk, one level adrift of security.
AFC Bournemouth chief govt, Neill Blake, stated: “Eddie Howe is synonymous with this soccer membership, each as a participant and a supervisor, and that can by no means change.
“He’s fairly merely an AFC Bournemouth legend, having helped remodel the identification and historical past of the membership.
“Myself, our proprietor Maxim Demin and the board’s gratitude and appreciation for Eddie’s achievements can not and can by no means be underestimated.
“A call like this can’t be taken calmly, which is why this has been mentioned collectively at size over the previous few days. It’s even tougher given our shut private friendship.
“We want Eddie properly for regardless of the future holds and hope he enjoys some much-deserved and well-earned time together with his household.”