Eddie Howe believes Burnley can be a success without him.

Following days of speculation, Howe sealed a return to Bournemouth on Friday having cited family reasons for his desire to move back to the south coast.

But the 34-year-old is convinced the youthful squad and improved infrastructure he and assistant Jason Tindall have left behind offer excellent prospects for their successors.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "When we walked into the job that (reducing the average age of the squad) was the critical thing that was needed, and work on the infrastructure, facilities and staff.

"It meant a lot of work in that respect behind the scenes, but I do feel we were moving in the right direction.

"We've certainly gone a long way down the line and we feel the club is in a healthier position and hopefully whoever comes in now can take that forward.

"It's a young squad now and a really good squad. There are some really talented young players there - Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier, Ben Mee, Charlie Austin.

"With the amount of goals we've scored, and conceded, this year it's been an up and down season so far, but any team that scores goals like we have has a chance of being successful.

"It's going to be difficult because you're competing against richer sides. But anything can still be achievable this year. I really believe that."