Next Bournemouth manager: Chief executive explains why Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed amid Thierry Henry reports

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Former Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has agreed a short-team deal to be Bournemouth’s head coach until the end of the season.

Woodgate took caretaker charge of the Cherries following the sacking of Jason Tindell earlier this month and has made a positive impression at the Vitality Stadium.

It had been claimed that Bournemouth had asked MLS side Montreal for permission to speak with their boss Thierry Henry.

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Yet, after what the club describe as an extensive search for a new manager, the Bournemouth hierarchy believe Woodgate is the right man to provide stability.

Jonathan Woodgate.Jonathan Woodgate.
Jonathan Woodgate.

Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake said: “Jonathan’s professionalism and leadership has impressed the board of directors since taking on the role of caretaker manager in difficult circumstances.

“The team’s performances and results have improved under his stewardship, and even our defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday was a display which deserved a better result.

“As we head into a crucial part of the season, stability and clarity is of paramount importance for everyone at the club.

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“With that in mind, and having concluded an extensive search for a new manager, we believe Jonathan is the best candidate to lead the team for the final 15 games of the season.”

Bournemouth are sixth in the Championship table following a 2-1 defeat at QPR and just three points ahead of Boro in the final play-off position.

The Teessiders bolstered their top-six hopes with a 2-0 win over Reading at the weekend.

Boro will travel to Bournemouth to face the Cherries on April 2.

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