On this day in 2020: Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth after PL relegation

Eddie Howe left his managerial role at Bournemouth by mutual consent on the same day in 2020.

The former Cherry defender led the South Coast club in more than 450 games over two managerial stints over a decade.

Howe walked away from the club after Bournemouth’s relegation to the Premier League, ending his five-year stay in the club’s top flight.

Eddie Howe, pictured, taking stock of Bournemouth’s Premier League relegation after a loss to Everton (Katherine Iville/PA)

“After spending a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and manager, this decision taken together with the club is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made,” Howe said.

“While my affection and love for this football club will remain forever, we collectively feel that now is the right time for the club to move in a new direction.

“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that now is the right time for a change at the club.”

Howe completely moved Bournemouth from League Two to the Premier League side, including three promotions in six seasons.

His final stint in the top-flight included 22 defeats, leading to an 18th-place finish and relegation.

Scott Parker took over at Bournemouth, while Howe later replaced Steve Bruce at Newcastle in November 2021.