After what has been an incredibly challenging few days and following extensive talks between myself and the club I can confirm that we have collectively come to the decision that it would be in the best interests of AFC Bournemouth for me to leave the club by mutual consent.
It is difficult to put into words what Bournemouth means to me, both as a town and as a football club. Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and a manager, this decision - made together with the club - is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make. However, although the affection and love I have for this football club will always remain, we collectively feel that now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction.
Our journey together over the past decade has quite simply been an incredible one and I feel immense pride at what we’ve achieved together in that time.
The club motto is 'Together, anything is possible’, and that’s something that we’ve always firmly believed in and strived to implement. That quote is representative of everything we have achieved as a club and it reflects the values that we all, together, have worked relentlessly to try and install in each other. We had a vision and a dream and with hard work and an unrelenting desire to continuously improve we have always strived to achieve our objectives.
When I first took charge of Bournemouth back in January 2009, the club was second bottom of League Two and our objective at that point was a clear one. Survival in the Football League and the long-term survival of the club. We managed to achieve both in a remarkable manner with Steve Fletcher’s goal against Grimsby and since that moment, although our objectives subsequently changed and continuously evolved, I’d like to think that our mindset and work ethic didn’t.
I feel blessed to be able to leave the club with memories that will last a lifetime. Survival in 2009 followed by promotions in 2010, 2013 and 2015, leading to five fantastic years in the Premier League, are of course some of the major highlights, but I am most proud of the culture of the club that everyone involved in AFC Bournemouth has helped to build and create during that time. It is that culture that ultimately enabled us to enjoy the success that we did.
There are a number of people I’d like to thank.
An enormous thank you to Maxim Demin, whose hard work, passion and backing of the club has helped us achieve all that we have in recent years. Max’s commitment and contribution to Bournemouth will never be underestimated. Thank you for all you’ve done for both me and the club.
To Adam Murry, thank you for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to manage Bournemouth as a 31-year-old. I will always remember the belief and support you showed me.
To CEO Neill Blake, thank you for everything. I know personally how hard you work and how committed you are to achieving success for the club and have appreciated your support greatly.
To the chairman, Jeff Mostyn, I cannot thank you enough for all you have done. It’s been a remarkable journey and your diligence, enthusiasm and love for the club has played a huge role in our success.
To all of the hardworking backroom staff, of whom