‘Absolutely shocked and gutted’: Bournemouth players, coaches and club legends pay emotional tribute to Eddie Howe after manager announces his departure from the club following relegation
- Bournemouth and long-serving boss Eddie Howe parted ways on Saturday
- The Englishman leaves the Cherries after their relegation from the top-flight
- Tributes from players have poured in for the outgoing Bournemouth boss
- Steve Cook, Chris Mepham, Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels all sent messages
- Former Bournemouth players, such as Luther Blissett, also paid tribute to Howe
Bournemouth defenders Chris Mepham and Steve Cook have led the tributes for former Cherries Eddie Howe who left the club on Saturday.
Howe was relieved from his duties as Bournemouth head coach following the club’s relegation from the Premier League in July, which brought a five-year spell in the top-flight to an end.
The 42-year-old took the south coast club from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League over two spells which total over a decade.
Tributes from current and former Bournemouth players have been made for Eddie Howe
Howe (right) left the club on Saturday after Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League
Ever-present defender Cook, who was a mainstay in Howe’s sides that won promotion to the Championship and Premier League, tweeted: ‘Can’t really put the emotions of the last week into words. Now tonight adds to the “end of an era”.
‘I can’t quite put it into words but I can only thank the manager, he gave me the chance to play in the Premier League which is every boys dream.
‘An amazing 8 years I had playing under him and something I couldn’t imagine changing.
‘2 promotions, a championship winners medal and 5 years in the best league in the world. Thanks for the memories.’
Cherries’ Chris Mepham (left), Steve Cook (middle) and Nathan Ake (right) have sent messages
Cook posted a message for Howe on Twitter having worked with him for eight years
Mepham, who Howe signed from Brentford in 2019, tweeted: ‘Absolutely shocked and gutted by the news … can’t thank him enough for giving me the opportunity to play in the premier league and for giving me the platform to grow as a person and as a player! I wish you all the best in the future gaffer.’
Charlie Daniels, who played alongside Cook in Howe’s double promotion-winning sides, also posted: ‘The man who believed in me and pushed me to be better every day, The man who gave me my dream of playing in the Premier League.
‘We achieved what many thought was impossible, What a journey! Thank you for everything’
Several Bournemouth players joined Cook in sending Howe ‘thank you’ and ‘good luck’ tributes
Fellow defender Nathan Ake, who is expected to complete a £41million move to Manchester City this month, also thanked Howe for helping the Dutch defender in his career.
Several former Cherries players also paid tribute to Howe, including Bournemouth’s record appearance maker Steve Fletcher, who said: ‘- My Team mate – My Friend – My boss’
Charlton defender Jason Pearce, who played 162 times in the league for Bournemouth between 2007 and 2011, said: ‘What a man. Played a massive part in my career. Inspiration.’
Former Bournemouth players have also paid tribute to Howe after 458 games in charge
Luther Blissett added: ‘When someone grows up with your club as Eddie has you believe they’ll always be part of what you do. An exemplary manager & true inspiration for what can be achieved on journey from player to manager. Eddie’s been a credit to @afcbournemouth & will always make them proud #legend’
Howe leaves Bournemouth having taken charge of 458 matches at the Vitality Stadium, with a win percentage of 45 per cent.
The Englishman earned promotion from League Two in 2010, before taking the Cherries to the second tier three years later.
After two seasons in the Championship, Bournemouth won the 2014-15 Championship season and were Premier League regulars until last month.
Howe took Bournemouth from League Two to the Premier League in the space of five years
Howe (right) won the Championship in 2015 to earn Bournemouth a spot in the top-flight
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