Howe to take a break following Premier League relegation

Eddie Howe to take a break from management after ending his eight-year spell at Bournemouth following relegation from the Premier League – with Chris Hughton favourite to replace him

  • Eddie Howe intends to take a break from management following departure
  • The 42-year-old stepped down on Saturday after eight years at Bournemouth
  • The club were willing to allow Howe to stay in charge despite their relegation
  • The Cherries coach described decision as ‘the hardest I’ve ever had to make’

Eddie Howe will take a break from management following his departure from Bournemouth on Saturday.

Sportsmail revealed last week that he would make a decision on his future by the end of the weekend following talks with the club.

It is understood Bournemouth were willing to let Howe continue to lead them after their return to the Championship, but the 42-year-old felt his reign was nearing its conclusion and that the club would benefit from a fresh start and new direction.

Eddie Howe will take a break from management after eight years in charge of Bournemouth

Chris Hughton is believed to be the favourite to replace Howe as Bournemouth manager

His position did not come as a huge shock to officials, and after discussions on Saturday they announced that Howe was leaving the club by mutual consent.

The highly-rated coach will now take a break from management following eight years at the helm.

Despite Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League, the former Burnley boss’s reputation remains intact. 

However, he is not expected to jump straight back into work and wants to recharge his batteries before considering his next move.

Bournemouth will play in the second tier for the first time in five years despite win at Everton

Howe, who has been tipped as a future England manager, is known to have admirers inside boardrooms across the Premier League.

‘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,’ Howe said in confirming his departure.

‘However, we collectively feel now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction.’

An early contender for the job is former Newcastle, Norwich and Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who was sacked by Brighton in May 2019.

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