Family reasons prompted Bournemouth returnEddie Howe admits that only a move back to AFC Bournemouth would have taken him away from Turf Moor following his departure as Burnley manager.
Howe returns to the south coast after only 21 months in charge of the Clarets.
And with family circumstances behind the move, Howe insisted that no other club would have prompted him to leave his work unfinished at Burnley.
“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,” said Howe.
“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.”
The death of Eddie’s mother Annie in March hit him incredibly hard and had widespread repercussions for his family.
A return to Dean Court for a second spell in charge of the Cherries, who he led from the brink of relegation out of the Football League to promotion to League One in the space of two seasons before his appointment by Burnley in January, 2011 therefore came at the right time for the 34-year-old.
But Howe is sorry that he will not be able to complete the job he started at Turf Moor in tandem with assistant Jason Tindall, who is also returning to Bournemouth as his assistant.
“Jason and I have worked extremely hard in the job to try and put foundations and processes in place that will benefit Burnley for the long term, and hopefully they will continue to go on behind the scenes because I do believe the future is really bright for the club,” Howe added.
“When we arrived we knew it was going to be a long-term job, in that there were going to be massive changes in terms of lowering the age of the squad, reducing the wage bill and it was almost a fresh start.
“We had to approach it from a totally different angle and we enjoyed that approach. I felt we were on the right road and it’s a shame not to see that through.
“There is a really good youth set-up and the training ground is greatly improved, so I think everything is in place for a successful period in Burnley’s future.
“It’s just someone else who is going to take that on now.
“But that’s football, that’s how it goes and you can never tell what’s round the corner and what’s going to happen. Now we have to move on to a different chapter and it’s one we are looking forward to.”