Bournemouth's search for a new manager narrows; Cherries could make appointment as early as this week

Bournemouth have narrowed their search for a new manager down to three candidates, and could make a permanent appointment before the weekend.

The Cherries have been without a full-time boss since Jason Tindall was sacked last week, with interim boss Jonathan Woodgate taking charge for Bournemouth’s 3-2 Championship victory over Birmingham and Tuesday night’s win against Burnley in the FA Cup.

Woodgate, who joined Bournemouth as a first-team coach just days before Tindall’s sacking, has seen his own chances of taking the job on a permanent basis improve significantly thanks to those victories.

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Understood to be in the running for the job is former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, who led the Terriers to an unlikely promotion to the Premier League in 2016-17, and kept them there the following season.

Wagner has most recently been in charge of Schalke in the Bundesliga, but he was sacked in September 2020 after a poor run of results.


Interviews for the job are taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, and a decision could be made as early as the weekend.

Nottingham Forest

Even if an appointment is made before Saturday, 41-year-old Woodgate will remain in charge for the weekend’s trip to Nottingham Forest – live on Sky Sports – as the Cherries look to reignite their promotion bid.

Bournemouth are currently sixth in the Championship – nine points behind second-placed Brentford, who have a game in hand – and are looking to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, following relegation on the final day of the 2019-20 campaign.

They reached the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2015 thanks to former boss Eddie Howe, who kept them in the top-flight for five seasons before stepping down following their relegation.

He was replaced by long-standing No 2 Tindall, who lasted just six months in the role before his dismissal last week.

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