The top six favourites to become next Bournemouth manager has been revealed by bookmakers Sky Bet following the departure of Jason Tindall.
The decision to get rid of him came after Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday, with the team sitting sixth in the table.
“We feel a change is needed now to give the club the best possible chance of achieving the goals clearly set out last summer,” said a club statement.
So who are the top six favourites for the Bournemouth manager’s job? Find out who is on that shortlist, who is talking with the club, and who has ruled themselves out…
6) Paul Cook
Paul Cook is currently out of work having departed from Wigan Athletic who are in administration.
In August 2020, the Latic’s relegation to League One was confirmed due to the points deduction on the final day, despite a cracking run of form, subsequently saw the resignation of the manager.
Cook has previously managed Portsmouth, Chesterfield, Accrington, Sligo and Southport – winning the League One title with Wigan in 2017/18, the League Two title with Pompey in 2016/17 and with Chesterfield in 2013/14.
He was most recently interested in the job at Sheffield Wednesday, however reports claim he rejected a contract until the end of the season, wanting the job for longer than that and especially after he bigged them up.
Sky Bet odds: 18/1
5) Danny Cowley
Cowley was most recently was sacked by Huddersfield Town, despite beating second-place West Brom in his last game in charge, which all-but-confirmed the club’s survival.
It’s understood that owner Phil Hodgkinson wanted total control over transfers — but his manager was not willing to work that way.
Danny first grabbed the attention of the country when he and his brother took Lincoln City all the way to the FA Cup Quarter Finals in 2017, causing shocks against Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley along the way.
The Imps finished the 2016/17 season crowned champions of the National League and then in the 2017/18 season finished 7th, claiming a playoff place in their first season back in the Football League and also won the EFL Trophy at Wembley.
In the 2018/19 season, Danny and Nicky Cowley’s side finished top of the League Two table and won promotion to League One.
Danny Cowley left League One high flyers Lincoln to join the Championship strugglers in September, who at the time were 23rd in the table having failed to win any of their first six matches.
Sky Bet odds: 18/1
4) Tony Pulis
Pulis had only joined Wednesday in November but had to wait until 19 December to record his first victory and a statement on Monday night confirmed that the 62-year-old has left his post with immediate effect.
The club currently sit in the relegation zone of the Championship table, three points from safety after 21 games played.
His last game in charge was the 1-1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day and was set to face Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
However the board had other ideas and got rid before it got worse for them.
PULIS’ MANAGERIAL CAREER:
Bournemouth – 9 June 1992 until 5 August 1994 – 110 games, 31 wins, 40 draws, 39 defeats, 28.18 win %
Gillingham – 31 July 1995 until 1 July 1999 – 218 games, 94 wins, 62 draws, 62 defeats, 43.12 win %
Bristol City – 5 July 1999 until 14 January 2000 – 33 games, 10 wins, 14 draws, 9 defeats, 30.30 win %
Portsmouth – 13 January 2000 until 12 October 2000 – 35 games, 11 wins, 10 draws, 14 defeats, 31.43 win %
Stoke City – 1 November 2002 until 28 June 2005 – 131 games, 47 wins, 32 draws, 52 defeats, 35.88 win %
Plymouth Argyle – 23 September 2005 until 14 June 2006 – 38 games, 11 wins, 15 draws, 12 defeats, 28.95 win %
Stoke City – 14 June 2006 until 21 May 2013 – 333 games, 122 wins, 98 draws, 113 defeats, 36.64 win %
Crystal Palace – 23 November 2013 until 14 August 2014 – 28 games, 12 wins, 5 draws, 11 defeats, 42.86 win %
West Bromwich Albion – 1 January 2015 until 20 November 2017 – 121 games, 36 wins, 36 draws, 49 defeats, 29.75 win %
Middlesbrough – 26 December 2017 until 17 May 2019 – 80 games, 35 wins, 22 draws, 23 defeats, 43.75 win %
Sheffield Wednesday – 13 November 2020 until 28 December 2020 – 10 games, 1 win, 4 5 10.00 win %
Total – 1,137 games, 410 wins, 338 draws, 389 defeats, 36.06 win %
Sky Bet odds: 16/1
3) Jonathan Woodgate
AFC Bournemouth confirm that former Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate will take temporary charge of the first team, following the departure of Jason Tindall.
Woodgate, who has previous managerial experience at Boro, 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.
Sky Bet odds: 8/1
Confirmation that Jonathan Woodgate will take temporary charge of the first team. #afcb 🍒
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) February 3, 2021
2) Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard, who was most recently sacked by Chelsea, is reportedly said to have no interest in becoming the new Bournemouth manager, Football Insider understands.
A source with knowledge of Lampard’s situation told Football Insider he does not want to be in the running to take over at the Vitality Stadium.
He is keen to assess his options before returning to management after leaving Chelsea last month.
Sky Bet odds: 3/1
1) John Terry
John Terry is currently number two to Dean Smith at Aston Villa and had been previously linked with the Watford, Bristol City and Derby County job.
He is said to have held talks already with Bournemouth for the job. Time will tell whether he finally gets his first job as a first team manager.
Sky Bet odds: 1/2
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