Howe set for Clarets talks

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Eddie Howe is set to become manager of Burnley after confirming he is leaving his position at Bournemouth.

Howe revealed after Friday's 2-1 League One defeat at Colchester that the match was his last in charge of the Cherries.

The 33-year-old told Sky Sports: "I'll be travelling up to Burnley tomorrow to hopefully finalise things. I've been loyal to Bournemouth and it's extremely difficult to leave a club that's been close to my heart."

Howe had been linked with vacancies at Crystal Palace and Charlton earlier this week - but pledged his future to the Dean Court club.

However, he admitted that Burnley's interest changed things.

He continued on Sky Sports: "I turned down two other clubs on Tuesday - then Burnley came in two days later. I just thought that was too good an opportunity to turn down. I don't lack drive or ambition."

On Bournemouth, he added: "We've had two years of unbelievable success here and I hope the lads continue that and go on to get what they deserve. I leave with great sadness."

Burnley issued a statement on Friday night which read: "We have tonight agreed a compensation package with AFC Bournemouth to allow talks to take place with Eddie Howe over the managerial vacancy at Turf Moor. Howe, along with assistant manager Jason Tindall, will travel to Lancashire this weekend to discuss personal terms."

The Clarets have been seeking a manager since Brian Laws left on December 29 following the club's home defeat to Scunthorpe the previous day.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert turned down the chance to manage the Clarets, who will be led by caretaker boss Stuart Gray in Saturday's home match against QPR.

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