Bournemouth have whittled their managerial shortlist down to four candidates and are hoping to make an appointment before this weekend with interviews starting tomorrow.
Former Middlesborough manager Jonathan Woodgate is currently in caretaker charge and after claiming back-to-back wins and guiding the Cherries to the quarter finals of the FA Cup is suddenly making a strong case.
Ex-England and Chelsea Captain and now Aston Villa assistant John Terry remains the bookies favourite and it was one of the names on the shortlist to be interviewed this week.
Another name who has been confirmed to be on the list by Sky Sports is ex-Huddersfield manager David Wagner, who recently got sacked from Schalke after a terrible run of form.
The surprising name who seems to be on the shortlist if the reports are to be believed is Oxford United manager Karl Robinson, who has a growing reputation of working well with youngsters and has apparently caught the eye.
Robinson has emerged as a surprise name, having overseen a great turnaround this season. Oxford were in the midst of a relegation battle before Christmas and are now sat in 9th place 3 points from the play-offs.
Robinson has also previously managed MK Dons between 2010-2016 and he secured the clubs first promotion to the Championship in 2015.
Robinson has managed to build a very attacking side at Oxford, and this could be one of many reasons why Bournemouth have identified him as an option.
Meanwhile, Woodgate is preparing his side for this weekend’s Championship clash against Nottingham Forest.
He said, “I love winning games and that’s the most important thing for a football club moving forward.
“You can’t really enjoy a win that much, to be honest with you. I’ll be on the bus watching another game to try to prepare for – if I’m told to prepare for it.
“You’ve got to be prepared and that’s what we have been over the two games, so I think it’s important to do that again.
“If we are in charge for the Forest game, we will give it everything we’ve got.”
It remains to be seen who Bournemouth will go for but either of these names wouldn’t be a bad move and all would fit the brand of football that Bournemouth love to play.