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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 June 2007, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Bournemouth defender Howe retires
Eddie Howe
Howe made 248 appearances for Bournemouth in his two spells
Bournemouth defender Eddie Howe has announced his retirement after failing to recover sufficiently from a long-term knee injury.

The 29-year-old left the Cherries for Portsmouth in March 2002 but was badly hurt in only his second game.

He returned to Dean Court for a second spell in November 2004 and was promoted to player-coach last December.

Howe said: "Playing for Bournemouth was an honour and a privilege. I enjoyed my career alongside some great players."

Howe is expected to remain on boss Kevin Bond's backroom staff and has been touted as a future Bournemouth manager.

Reflecting on his career, he said: "I wouldn't change anything - bar the injuries.

"Everyone knows they were the team I watched when I was younger and making my debut against Hull in 1995 was a big high in my career.

"Who knows whether I will go into management? I'm ambitious, I want to progress and want to feel like I'm improving. Whatever happens, will happen."

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