After intense speculation Cherries fans got an early Christmas present with the annoucement that Eddie Howe has been installed as manager at Dean Court after an absence of 21 months.
Eddie Howe, who was the fans' number one choice to take the helm at Dean Court was quoted on Burnley's Official Web Site as saying: "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. 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".
Howe goes on to say that: "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. 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".