BOURNEMOUTH have announced Jonathan Woodgate as temporary manager after sacking Jason Tindall.
The long-serving Tindall was axed after a miserable run of form, with the final nail being Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite starting the season as one of the promotion favourites, a run of one win in Championship matches led to dropping to sixth in the table – which ‘fell well below expectations’ of the board.
Former assistant Tindall’s departure after 22 years of Cherries service was confirmed on Wednesday and Woodgate was placed in temporary charge hours later – just TWO days after he joined the club as first-team coach.
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A statement read: “AFC Bournemouth can confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will take temporary charge of the first team, following the departure of manager Jason Tindall.
“Woodgate, who has previous managerial experience at Middlesbrough, will oversee training and lead the team on Saturday for the Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Birmingham City.
“This decision has been taken while the club’s board of directors identify and conduct full and thorough due diligence on suitable external candidates ahead of an interview process, with the aim of confirming a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible.”
The 41-year-old was appointed manager of his hometown club Middlesbrough in the summer of 2019.
But the former Leeds United, Newcastle, Tottenham, Real Madrid and England defender was axed just 12 months into his first job as boss.
He had penned a three-year contract after the departure of Tony Pulis, who he worked under as coach for two years at The Riverside, but could only lead Boro to nine wins out of 38 in the Championship.
The Teessiders were just one place above the drop zone before Neil Warnock took over and rescued them last term.
The struggling Cherries lost the highly-rated Jones to Steve Bruce’s Newcastle last week and moved quickly to replace him with Woodgate.
Now he stands a chance of landing the job permanently if he can get the South Coast club firing again.
But he faces competition from two of his ex-international team-mates.
Both Frank Lampard and John Terry are in the running to become Bournemouth’s new boss.
Lampard, 42, was sacked by Chelsea last week but led Derby to the Championship play-off final before heading to Stamford Bridge in 2019.
And JT also has experience of the Championship promotion battle after joining Aston Villa as coach in 2018.