John Terry tops Harry Redknapp’s list for Bournemouth job

PA Sport Staff
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John Terry is as an ideal candidate to become the next Bournemouth manager, according to former Cherries boss Harry Redknapp.

The south-coast club, who sit sixth in the Sky Bet Championship, are searching for a new man at the helm after sacking Jason Tindall following Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

Former England captain Terry is currently assistant head coach at Aston Villa and Redknapp, who was in the Dean Court dugout from 1983 to 1992, believes the 40-year-old would be the perfect replacement.

Harry Redknapp began his managerial career with Bournemouth in 1983
Harry Redknapp began his managerial career with Bournemouth in 1983 (Simon Cooper/PA)

“Given the opportunity, he could be a really top-class manager. If I was a chairman looking for a manager now, John Terry would be top of my list,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“He’s at Aston Villa, he may not be interested, I wouldn’t know what his long-term ambitions are, but I’m sure he would want to get into management.

“If you’re going to get into management, I couldn’t think of a better club to take over than Bournemouth.

“It really is a good club, well-run club, good players. It’s all there really for somebody to come in and make a big success of it.”

Jason Tindall was sacked less than six months after being appointed Bournemouth manager
Jason Tindall was sacked less than six months after being appointed Bournemouth manager (Mike Egerton/PA)

Tindall, who spent the majority of his playing career at Bournemouth, succeeded the long-serving Eddie Howe in September following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

Defeat to the struggling Owls was a fourth league loss in succession under the 43-year-old, leaving the Cherries 13 points behind leaders Norwich.

A club statement read: “AFC Bournemouth have today parted company with manager Jason Tindall.

“It is a decision which has not been taken lightly, given Jason’s outstanding commitment to the club as a player, assistant manager and manager.

“However, recent performances and results have fallen well below the board’s expectations.

“We feel a change is needed now in order to give the club the best possible chance of achieving the goals that were clearly set out last summer.”

Tindall, who played more than 170 times for Bournemouth, spent several seasons as Howe’s assistant on the club’s fairy-tale rise from the brink of extinction to the top flight.

He was given his chance as manager following Howe’s departure last summer but after a strong start, the Cherries have registered just one Championship victory this year.

Eddie Howe stepped down as Bournemouth boss following Premier League relegation
Eddie Howe stepped down as Bournemouth boss following Premier League relegation (Mike Egerton/PA)

The club statement added: “We would like to place on record our thanks to Jason for his services to AFC Bournemouth over the past 22 years.

“He is someone who is fondly thought of throughout the club, having played an important role in rescuing the club from its darkest days and taking it on the greatest journey it has ever had.

“Jason will always be welcome at Vitality Stadium and we would like to wish him every success for the future.”

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