Eddie Howe to Take Break From Management Following Emotional Bournemouth Departure

Aug 3, 2020, 3:15 PM GMT+1
Eddie Howe
Howe stepped down following Bournemouth's relegation from the Premier League | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

There may well be a clamour for his signature this summer, but Eddie Howe will reportedly not be rushed into a decision over his next club as he looks to take a break from management following his departure from Bournemouth.

The Cherries' five-year stint in the top flight came to an end on the final day of the season, and after meeting with the board to discuss his future, Howe made the decision to step aside less than a week later.

Howe's departure signals the end of an eight-year rollercoaster, having dragged his boyhood club up the English football ladder since returning for a second spell in the hotseat in 2012. Under Howe, Bournemouth had enjoyed five unbroken years in the Premier League - the most successful period in their history.

Despite the disappointing end to his tenure, the 42-year-old's reputation remains untainted, and he is expected to land another top flight job at some stage without too much trouble. Crystal Palace were heavily linked, with Roy Hodgson's future up in the air after a concerning end to the season.

After such a draining season, however, it's perhaps no surprise to hear that he's feeling a bit spent. According to The Mail, Howe isn't keen to jump straight back into management and will take a spell out of football to regroup and regain his appetite for the game.

It's not clear how much time off he plans to take, but at the very least, it seems safe to say he won't be throwing his name into this summer's managerial merry-go-round. In addition to Palace, Newcastle may be looking for a new manager with Steve Bruce's future far from certain, while Watford - who joined Bournemouth in dropping out of the Premier League - are in search of a new permanent boss.

Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton has been touted as the favourite to replace Howe at the Vitality Stadium.