Next Bournemouth manager: Jonathan Woodgate reacts after ex-Middlesbrough boss is named Cherries head coach until end of the season

Former Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has thanked Bournemouth for the opportunity to be the club’s head coach until the end of the season.
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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.

The 41-year-old has overseen Bournemouth’s last five games, registering three wins, a draw and a 2-1 defeat at QPR last time out.

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He has also guided the club to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a 2-0 win at Burnley.

Bournemouth head coach Jonathan Woodgate.Bournemouth head coach Jonathan Woodgate.
Bournemouth head coach Jonathan Woodgate.

It was claimed the Cherries had asked MLS side Montreal for permission to speak with their boss Thierry Henry about the manager’s role

Former Chelsea defender John Terry had been linked with the job, yet the Bournemouth hierarchy believe Woodgate is the right man to provide stability.

Woodgate posted on his Instagram page: “I’d like to thank @officialafcb for giving me the opportunity to continue as head coach until the end of the season. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and my family love it here.

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“Bournemouth is a fantastic club and everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. We’ve got 15 games left and plenty of hard work ahead. It’s all to play for.”

Bournemouth are sixth in the Championship table 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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