Eddie Howe will hold crunch talks with the Bournemouth hierarchy over the next 48 hours with a decision on his future expected by the end of this week.
The manager was left devastated by the Cherries’ relegation from the top-flight, which was confirmed on Sunday despite their win at Everton.
Howe will enter crucial talks with Bournemouth representatives in the coming days to decide his future.
The manager, it is understood, is undecided on what his next move will be. Though the possibility of leaving a club where he has attained legendary status is not being discounted.
The discussions are expected to revolve around the club’s plans for the forthcoming season ahead of their return to the Championship.
As revealed by Sportsmail earlier this month, Bournemouth will have to cut their cloth accordingly following relegation.
Nathan Ake, Josh King and Callum Wilson are expected to leave the club this summer, moves which could recoup Bournemouth up to £80million.
And a clear promotion strategy from Bournemouth could be a challenge Howe finds too good to refuse.
Indeed, Howe has a strong emotion connection to the club, helping Bournemouth from the brink of extinction to five consecutive seasons in the Premier League and he would certainly find leaving a wrench.
But, equally, the opportunity to continue working in the top-flight may be too good an opportunity to turn down, though there are no available jobs in the Premier League at present.
Either way, a decision on who will be in charge of Bournemouth next season should be made by the start of next week in order for Howe and the club to make appropriate plans for the forthcoming season.