Eddie Howe left AFC Bournemouth after the relegation to Sky Bet Championship and ends an associate that goes back to the start of his professional career.
The only time Howe has not been on the books of Bournemouth as a professional was his yearlong stint with Burnley. That was over eight years ago.
Now, the 42-year-old has resigned as the Cherries manager after relegation from the Premier League. It was a sad parting of company which came on the back of their ousting from English top-flight football.
It was a tough decision for Bournemouth fans to digest and Harry Redknapp has weighed in on his decision.
Redknapp opined that it must have been a difficult decision and Howe took the decision after giving it a thought.
“Maybe he felt he needed a break, even if they’d stayed up,” Redknapp told TalkSPORT.
“It’s a difficult one, he’s a Bournemouth boy… he’s spent his whole life in and around the football club.
“He really is a part of the community and a local kid who ended up managing his football team. It’ll be a massive loss, the work he’s done has been amazing. He’s been a credit, fantastic.”
Despite leaving his boyhood club, Redknapp believes Howe will not have any issues finding new suitors.
“Anyone with any sense would look at Eddie and think ‘hang on, here’s a young guy who’s 42 years of age. What a record, what a job he’s done.’
“You’ve only got to listen to him, you know what he’s about. He”s a very bright guy, very clever.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of clubs; I think Premier League clubs will, when the right jobs become available, put him at the top of their list.”