Compensation agreed as Howe re-joins BournemouthBurnley Football Club has today started its search for a new manager after allowing Eddie Howe to return to AFC Bournemouth.
The two clubs agreed a compensation deal for Howe to go back to Dean Court after 21 months as Burnley manager.
Howe’s contract at Turf Moor ran until June, 2014 but with the 34-year-old keen to return to the south coast for family reasons, the Clarets have accepted an undisclosed compensation package from the League One club.
A decision as to who will take temporary charge of first-team affairs will be announced next week, but the Burnley board has already begun the process of seeking a 24th post-War manager.
Howe – who takes assistant manager Jason Tindall with him – was appointed Burnley manager in January, 2011 following the departure of Brian Laws.
Just 33 at the time, Howe led the Clarets to an eighth-place finish in the Championship at the end of his first season.
Burnley then mounted a mid-season play-off challenge in 2011/12 before finishing the campaign in 13th place.
Howe then oversaw the club record sale of Jay Rodriguez to Southampton in June and after three Championship wins this season, including an opening-day victory over Bolton Wanderers, leaves Turf Moor with the Clarets occupying 16th place in the table.
However, in Charlie Austin – Howe’s first signing as Burnley boss – the Clarets boast the country’s leading goalscorer as the spearhead of potentially progressive young squad.
And Howe also leaves a legacy in the shape of the improved training facilities and environment at the Clarets’ Gawthorpe training ground and a totally re-vamped youth set-up.
He now returns to Dean Court, where he previously saved Bournemouth from the threat of relegation from the Football League and led them into League One in a successful two-year stay.
Howe inherits a side struggling at the wrong end of the table but with new backing behind them, the Cherries will hope the former Bournemouth defender can inspire a second revival.
Everyone at Burnley Football Club thanks Eddie for his contribution to the Clarets and wishes him and his family future success back at Bournemouth.