Burnley have confirmed Eddie Howe as their new Manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The Clarets agreed a compensation deal with Bournemouth for Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall and the duo left the South Coast club on Friday night.

Howe replaces Brian Laws who left Turf Moor, at the end of December, and his first game in charge comes live on television next weekend when Burnley travel to Scunthorpe United for the late kick-off.

After signing his contract Howe spoke to www.burnleyfootballclub.com: "This is a fantastic club and you only had to see the fans at the game here on Saturday to see how passionate they are.

"It is just a fantastic opportunity for Jason and myself to join such a big, ambitious and progressive club, and we are delighted.

"We had such a great time at Bournemouth and it was always going to take a special club for us to leave, because of the fantastic success we've had there in the past two years.

"We just felt Burnley was that club and we are ready to take on a huge challenge."

Howe had been in charge of the Cherries since January 2009, when he led his hometown club to safety, following their 17 point deduction.

The following season Bournemouth finished second in League 2 to secure automatic promotion along with Notts County and Rochdale.

He left the club in third place in the npower League 1 table, following their 2-1 defeat away at Colchester United on Friday.

Stuart Gray, who has been in temporary charge, will stay on at the club who currently sit 10th in the npower Championship table.

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