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Howe surprised by Harte´s retirement

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was shocked to hear the news that Ian Harte has retired from professional football.

Harte, a free agent after leaving Bournemouth in the close-season, announced his retirement on Thursday.

And Howe was quick to praise the former Republic of Ireland international, who joined Bournemouth from Reading in 2013.

“He was a leader every day and I can’t give him a bigger compliment than that, and I don’t even need to talk about his left foot,” Howe said of the 37-year-old, who started his career at Leeds United.

“I only just heard the news, and I was surprised because I thought he still had a lot to offer in a footballing capacity.

“He was always a real team player and someone who reinforced all of the things we strive for – a total professional on and off the pitch, and the way he trained and his attitude was always second to none.”

Harte made 35 appearances for Bournemouth, scoring once.

Thu 27 Aug, 2015
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