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Cherries: Howe hints at further squad cutbacks
The former England goalkeeper had his deal terminated after spending less than six months at the club and making just 19 appearances.
A regular under ex-manager Paul Groves and during the early stages of Howe’s reign, the veteran stopper had not featured since Shwan Jalal replaced him for Cherries’ victory at Hartlepool on January 22.
His Cherries departure came just days after the Dorset club had last week made a number of employees redundant in a process chairman Eddie Mitchell labelled “restructuring”.
Speaking after the 1-0 win at Stevenage, Howe hinted that he might make more cuts to his playing staff.
Howe said: “David James has been excellent for us. He has been a model professional and I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“Unfortunately, we have had to make some difficult calls, not just on the goalkeeping front in terms of picking who we think is our best goalkeeper but also, financially, we are having to readjust and realign things at the club and this is part of that.
“When we came back, we said we had a big squad and that the wage bill is very high for this football club, so we need to adjust things and realign the playing side like it has been realigned off the pitch.
“The club has to be streamlined and it has to make sure it is manageable. We are in the process of doing that and may have to make some difficult decisions ahead, but it will all be for the benefit of the club.”
Writing on his Twitter account, James said: “I would like to thank everyone at AFC Bournemouth for making my stay so enjoyable, splendid! I wish them all the best for the rest of the season!”