Bournemouth are going through a rough patch after starting the season brilliantly. The Cherries were looking like the only team to give Norwich City a run for their money, but a run of one win in eight games saw the Cherries part company with boss Jason Tindall recently. Former Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate was subsequently appointed as the interim boss.
The board have made it clear that they want a permanent head coach, so let’s look at the candidates who might be the next manager at the Vitality Stadium.
John Terry is a name that keeps appearing in conversations regarding the Bournemouth job. The Chelsea legend certainly fits the profile of the kind of man Bournemouth have appointed in recent years, and if experts are to be believed, it’s just a matter of time before he gets his first big managerial job.
The Aston Villa assistant boss has been a useful understudy to Dean Smith at Villa Park for over two years now, and his fresh approach could be the difference between Bournemouth qualifying for next season’s Premier League or staying in the Championship.
Woodgate has been appointed as the interim boss and has started well with a 3-2 win against Birmingham City in his first game in charge. The young manager lacks experience and would have to do a lot better than what he did with Middlesbrough, where he achieved a win percentage of just 22.5%, to get the job permanently. He will be keen to prove himself with a club of Cherries’ stature after almost putting Boro in the League One.
David Wagner never got going with Schalke in Germany. The German had a torrid time back in Germany with the Bundesliga side. However, his Championship credentials can’t be knocked.
The 49-year-old did the unthinkable with Huddersfield Town a few years back. The former Borussia Dortmund youth coach managed to get the Terriers out of the Second Division and up to the Premier League, keeping them in the Premier League in their first season – this shouldn’t be underestimated.
Wagner is one of the favourites for the job and very keen to take the job at the Vitality Stadium. He is one of the best defensive managers and that makes him a favourite, since Bournemouth are leaking goals left, right and centre.
Frank Lampard’s jump from Derby to Chelsea didn’t go according to plan. The Blues legend couldn’t replicate his heroics as a player, when it came to managerial success. Lampard’s dream turned into something of a nightmare by the end of his spell at Chelsea – even after spending more than £200 million, his team was nowhere near title challengers or even top four for that matter.
Lampard already has experience in the Championship and a return to managing looks likely.