'I wish Thierry Henry had taken over': Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock discusses Jonathan Woodgate's appointment at Bournemouth

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Neil Warnock believes Jonathan Woodgate will have learnt a lot from his time at Middlesbrough and has an excellent chance at Bournemouth.

Woodgate was appointed the Cherries’ head coach until the end of the season following the sacking of Jason Tindall and has made a positive impression at the Vitality Stadium.

“I think Jonathan will have learned a lot from his experiences here last season,” said Warnock when asked about the former defender. “You always learn from any experience in management.

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“I’m sure he wouldn’t in his wildest dreams ever think he’d have been able to take over a club with the squad Bournemouth have got. I wish I could have taken over that team - they are a super squad.

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.

“I’m sure he’s learned from the Boro experience and I think he’s got an excellent job of still being the manager there next season.

“You need a bit of luck at times in football - something to drop for you. I’m sure he was disappointed when Jason left but when one door closes another one opens and you’ve just got to take opportunities when they come your way.”

Woodgate spent just over a year in charge at Boro but was replaced by Warnock as the Teessiders battled to avoid relegation.

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“Sometimes it’s more difficult at your home club,” Warnock added. “Expectations come from everywhere.

“And with Jonathan, he was one of the best centre-halves I’ve certainly ever seen.

“And sometimes when that’s how you were as a player everyone just accepts you’ll be a successful manager too.

“But it’s so much more difficult at times to please your own fans.

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“But I think this is a great opportunity me and it’s a good club.”

Bournemouth are just three points ahead of Boro in the Championship table and occupy the final play-off position.

Reports had suggested the Cherries were interested in appointing former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who is managing MLS side Montreal, as their new boss.

“Personally, I wish Thierry Henry had taken over if I’m honest,” admitted Warnock. “I’m not being disrespectful to Jonathan, but I was hoping they were going to appoint Thierry Henry.

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“I thought, wow, he’ll wonder what’s hit him coming to the Championship.”

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