Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed he is leaving the League One club to take over at Championship side Burnley.
The Clarets have been searching for a new boss since sacking Brian Laws last month and have now captured one of English football’s most promising managers in Howe.
The 33-year-old, who recently rejected approaches from both Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic, told Sky Sports: “It is extremely difficult.
“I have had a fantastic time here, the majority of my career was here and I love the club deeply, but I just feel it is too good an opportunity to turn down.
“They (Burnley) are a team who were in the Premier League last year and it is a very difficult decision still, very difficult to leave these players, the fans and the club.
“I turned down two clubs on Tuesday and then Burnley came in two days later and I just felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down, and it would have been five clubs I had turned down to stay at Bournemouth and you would have people saying you lacked ambition and drive and I don't lack any of those things.
“I have been loyal to Bournemouth and it is extremely hard to leave a club that is so close to my heart.
“We have had two years of unbelievable success and hope the lads continue that and go on to have more success.
“It has been a really good journey, a fantastic journey when you consider all the adversity and I have been very proud to their manager.”