Eddie Howe leaves Burnley FC

Manager Eddie Howe has left Burnley FC for his old club AFC Bournemouth, it has been confirmed.

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Eddie Howe thanks Burnley

Eddie Howe has been speaking about his decision to leave Burnley Football Club and rejoin Bournemouth.

He told the Bournemouth Echo: "It's been a really tough week.

"I can't speak highly enough of Burnley Football Club, the people who work for the club -

the players and the supporters, who have all been brilliant to us since we walked through the door, and I would like to thank them for that.

"To leave is incredibly difficult, but I feel it's a decision I have to make for my family and for personal reasons, which I can't go into detail on.

"There is only one club I would contemplate leaving Burnley for and that is Bournemouth and that is the situation we found ourselves in."

Howe is set to finalise a three-and-a-half year deal before tomorrow's clash with Leyton Orient.

Joint Burnley Chairmen John Banaszkiewicz & Mike Garlick statement:

"We are surprised and disappointed that Eddie is leaving a great club like Burnley so soon in the season.

“However, we understand that his decision reflects his personal circumstances rather than any matters at Burnley Football Club, be that supporters, the players or the Board.

“We wish Eddie well in his future career and thank him for the hard work he has done at Burnley over the past 20 months.

“Since we were elected co-chairmen, we have embarked on a wide-ranging programme of development at Burnley Football Club and this will continue.

“In some ways this change creates new opportunities that we can take on board as we look to improve upon our league position and create a strong platform for the future.

“We remain 100% committed and ambitious for the club.”

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