Harry Redknapp surprised to see Eddie Howe leave Bournemouth but says ‘plenty of clubs’ will want him

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Harry Redknapp surprised to see Eddie Howe leave Bournemouth but says 'plenty of clubs' will want him

Former Bournemouth boss Harry Redknapp admitted he’s surprised to see Eddie Howe leave his post as Cherries boss.

Howe and the club parted company on Saturday night following their relegation from the Premier League in 2019/20.

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Howe almost guided Bournemouth to Premier League survival last weekend

The search for a new manager has already begun but Redknapp told talkSPORT he expected Howe to stay at Dean Court with the aim of getting Bournemouth back into the top-flight next season.

He said on The Warm Up: “It’s the weakest looking Championship that I think you could wish to be in. You’re never going to get a better opportunity [to get promoted].

“There’s no money around, no crowd coming in through the turnstiles so the only clubs that will have any money are the clubs with the parachute payments.

“I think they [Bournemouth] are coming down with a really good squad. They’ll lose a few and they’ve already lost Nathan Ake but I would certainly make them favourites to go back up next year.

“I thought he’d stick around and give it a real go.”

Like Howe, Bournemouth was Redknapp’s first managerial gig

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Like Howe, Bournemouth was Redknapp’s first managerial gig

Howe has been on a fantastic journey with Bournemouth, having got them into the Premier League in 2015.

He was first appointed manager in January 2008 with the club in the relegation zone of League Two. Amazingly, he managed to keep them up despite having a seven-point deficit.

They were promoted to League One the following season and Howe’s work didn’t go unnoticed as he signed a contract to take charge of Burnley, then playing in the Championship, in January 2011.

His time at Turf Moor didn’t work out and Howe went back to Bournemouth in October 2012 and helped them get promoted to the Championship that season.

More recognition was gained as he was selected as Manager of the Decade at the Football League Awards in April 2015. Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League was confirmed later that month.

Darren Bent reacts to Eddie Howe leaving Bournemouth

And Redknapp is in no doubt Howe won’t have a shortage of admirers when he decides to make a return to management.

Redknapp added: “Maybe he felt he needed a break, even if they’d stayed up.

“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.

“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.”

At 42, Howe has a long future in management ahead of him

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At 42, Howe has a long future in management ahead of him

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