Howe for now?

The manager has left Bournemouth and looks to the future

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Where does Eddie Howe go after Bournemouth?

By Joe Harker

Eddie Howe has left Bournemouth by mutual consent after spending years managing the club.

Until then he was the longest serving manager currently working in the Premier League, but Bournemouth's relegation has seen club and manager part ways.

The big question for Howe now concerns his next destination, so where might be end up next?

The Claim:

Howe has said he wants to take a bit of a break from football management after relegation with Bournemouth.

Many managers go straight into another job but the 42 year old appears willing to wait and recharge from a very difficult season where he appeared to be feeling the strain.

A rest could help him refresh his ideas, spend some time with his family and come back with a new outlook on football.

Many coaches suffer from staying in the cycle of football management and not taking a break which allows them to take stock of their tactics and methods.

Waiting a while might also help Howe end up in a job he wants rather than taking a role which is available at this time.

There aren't really many, if any, Premier League jobs going right now so a wait could do him good. Howe will not want to jump on the first opportunity offered to him if that rules him out from taking a better job which he might have acquired had he waited a little longer.

The Counter Claim:

On the other hand, if a Premier League job does become available sooner rather than later then Howe might have to cut his rest short.

If he wants to manage in England's top division again then he might have little choice but to take it.

Howe can point to how far he has taken Bournemouth up the football pyramid and how long he kept them in the Premier League as reasons why he deserves to get another job in the division, if a club comes knocking and he says no then they might not come back later.

Managers in the Premier League don't always last long and there has been some speculation over the futures of Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace and Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.

Clubs would be interested in Howe if they wanted a new manager, so he might not be out of a job for too long.

The Facts:

Eddie Howe was a Bournemouth player before injuries forced him to retire in 2007, after which point he moved into the club's coaching squad. He had already been coaching the club's reserve team by that point.

On New Year's Eve in 2008 he ended up taking over as caretaker manager after the sacking of Jimmy Quinn. He lost both games during his caretaker spell but was hired on a permanent basis and steered Bournemouth clear of relegation.

When he took over they were one place off the bottom of League Two, 91st in the Football League pyramid of 92 clubs, having started the season on -17 points. He saved them from relegation, then in his first full season as manager he got them promoted into League One.

Howe then took Bournemouth into the League One play-off positions before taking the Burnley job, but an unsuccessful 18 month spell in charge of the club saw him return to the south coast.

In 2013 he got them promoted to the Championship, winning the league title in 2015 to bring Bournemouth up to the Premier League.

Arguably the highest point of his career with the club was in 2017 when he got them to a ninth placed finish in the Premier League.

Although his time ended in relegation back to the Championship it should be clear that taking a club from 91st in the football pyramid to ninth in less than a decade is a huge achievement.

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