Top manager loses his job after disappointing season in the Premier League

– Eddie Howe has left Bournemouth by mutual consent after their relegation from the Premier League

– When Howe first took charge of Bournemouth, they were second-bottom in League Two but he won promotion through all four tiers of the English football leagues

– Howe took Bournemouth from 91st out of 92 clubs to their highest-ever finish of ninth in the Premier League

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Eddie Howe has left his job as Bournemouth manager by mutual consent, the club has confirmed.

Bournemouth were relegated from the Premier League last weekend after a five-year stay in the top-flight.

They finished 18th on the table after a disappointing campaign that seems to have now cost the manager his job.

Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth by mutual consent after Premier League relegation

Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth by mutual consent after Premier League relegation. Photo: Getty Images
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Following the club’s inability to avoid the drop, Howe has call time on what was his second spell at the Vitality Stadium.

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 that now is the right time for the club to have a change.

“I have always ensured that every decision I have ever made as manager has been in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and this is no different.”

Howe led Bournemouth up the divisions from the Football League to the Championship and then to the Premier League after his return to the club in 2012.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Manchester City are on the verge of signing Dutch centre back Nathan Ake from relegated side Bournemouth after the Cherries accepted £41 million from the Premier League giants.

Sky Sports reports that a deal to sign the 25-year old is in its advanced stages and the towering defender is set to link up with Guardiola for the 2020/2021 campaign.

Ake featured 29 times for the Cherries this season although his performances were not enough to save Eddie Howe’s side from relegation.

After their fate was confirmed, it was almost certain the defender, who is considered high profile, would leave the club with City being his most likely destination.

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