Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has left the club by mutual consent after their relegation from the Premier League.
The 42 year old was a favourite among many Hammers fans to take over at the London Stadium after Manuel Pellegrini’s disastrous spell in charge.
But now after two spells with the Cherries which spanned a decade he has been allowed to leave the club by mutual consent – words which usually mean one thing: He was asked to leave.”
However, he declared on this occasion following the club’s relegation he believes it is “the right time for the club to have a change”.
In an open letter to the fans he said: “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.
“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe now is the right time for the club to have a change.”
ClaretandHugh says: Eddie Howe is one of the most honorable men in football and his decision to leave the club he loves is brave and praiseworthy. It may also be wrong because after a season in which he had injuries upon injuries he had little chance in the end of keeping the Cherries from the Championship. It will inevitably mean that a major clear out will get underway at the club when a new man is appointed and most clubs – including the Hammers will be keeping a careful eye on possibilities among the players with Callum Wilson, Josh King and David Brooks among those of particular interest to a number of clubs. Howe brought the Cherries from the brink of football league extinction to the premier League in a never to be forgotten achievement. We wish him every success in the future wherever that may be.