Next Bournemouth manager: Jonathan Woodgate reveals Sean Dyche conversations while at Middlesbrough plus Harry Redknapp clarifies position

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During his time as Middlesbrough head coach, Jonathan Woodgate says he often spoke with Burnley boss Sean Dyche to gain advice.

Woodgate, who was appointed caretaker boss at Bournemouth last week, came up against Dyche as the Cherries faced Burnley in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Ahead of the match, Woodgate spoke about his relationship with the Clarets boss and revealed they regularly spoke last season.

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"I’ve never managed against him, but on the phone he was always there for me when I was manager with Middlesbrough,” Woodgate told the Bournemouth Echo.

Bournemouth caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate.Bournemouth caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate.
Bournemouth caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate.

"He’d always give me advice, always speak to me on the phone, pick the phone up whenever. There was a time when Ben Gibson came to Middlesbrough last season and I spoke to him often on the phone as well. So he’s a really good guy, offered me great advice when I was managing.

"When I was managing he did, not so much when I was out of management. But in management he was superb with me. That information will stay between me and him, but the information he gave me was very good and I still take it with me to this day."

Woodgate has also been gaining advice from former Bournemouth and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp since taking charge of the Cherries.

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Redknapp told talkSPORT he won’t officially be joining the club’s coaching team but is happy to help Woodgate where he can.

Jonathan Woodgate has come in and taken over Bournemouth in temporary charge,” said Redknapp.

“He rang me up and said, ‘Harry, look, I don’t really know anybody up here, so if I need any insight or advice into the club would you help?’

“And I said, ‘Of course. I’m here for you, not a problem’. And Woody said, ‘Well maybe if you come and watch training one day, and we’ll have a cup of tea and a chat’. So of course I did; I’ve got nothing else to do!

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“If I can help him in any small way, no problem. But officially? No. Not involved.

“I don’t really want to be involved, in all honesty. I just want to help if I can.”

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