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Eddie Howe is set to return to Bournemouth for a second spell as manager after reaching an agreement with his current club, Burnley.

Howe, who also had two spells at Bournemouth as a player, was in charge of the south coast club for two years before leaving for Burnley in January 2011.

He kept Bournemouth in the Football League before winning promotion to League One, and will succeed Paul Groves, who was sacked on October 3 after picking up one win in ten league games this season, on his return.

Howe has been heavily linked with a move to the Goldsands Stadium ever since Groves was dismissed, but has refused to comment on the speculation.

Bournemouth, 21st in League One, have had an eventful season, bringing in Harry Redknapp as a special advisor and David James in goal.

Joint Burnley chairmen John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick issued a statement, which read: "We are surprised and disappointed that Eddie is leaving a great club like Burnley so soon in the season.

"However, we understand that his decision reflects his personal circumstances rather than any matters at Burnley Football Club, be that supporters, the players or the board.

"We wish Eddie well in his future career and thank him for the hard work he has done at Burnley over the past 20 months.

"In some ways, this change creates new opportunities that we can take on board as we look to improve upon our league position and create a strong platform for the future.

"Eddie's sudden departure will not deter us from our plans, and we are confident that the team will rally round while we seek his replacement - a search that has already begun."


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