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Update: 23.02.21

Former Leeds United defender Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed as interim manager for AFC Bournemouth until the end of the 2020/21 campaign. Woodgate joined the south-coast side as a first-team coach two days before the sacking of Jason Tindall and he will take the reins on a temporary basis until the end of the season. Nevertheless should he manage to steer Bournemouth back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, then it is possible that he will be given the gig on a permanent footing.

Woodgate’s only managerial experience has been with boyhood club Middlesbrough, however he was dismissed from the Riverside in June 2020 with the Championship side sitting just above the relegation zone. In his caretaker role, the 41-year-old has steered his current charges to three wins from their last five – including a 2-0 win away to Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup – and as such, the decision on a replacement for Tindall for the rest of the season was perhaps made a little easier.

Thierry Henry was linked with a move to Bournemouth prior to Woodgate’s appointment, however it looks as though the Cherries board have decided against naming the Frenchman as Tindall’s permanent replacement, until the end of the season at least.

Henry is currently the manager of MLS outfit outfit CF Montreal and as such, the Cherries would need to pay compensation in order to have him released from his contract there.

Regarding the appointment of Woodgate until the end of the season, club Chief Executive Neill Blake said: “Jonathan’s professionalism and leadership has impressed the board of directors since taking on the role of caretaker manager in difficult circumstances.

“The team’s performances and results have improved under his stewardship, and even our defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday was a display which deserved a better result.””Having concluded an extensive search for a new manager, we believe Jonathan is the best candidate to lead the team for the final 15 games of the season.”


Update: 18.02.21

Arsenal icon Thierry Henry is now big odds-on favourite to take the reins at AFC Bournemouth, the World Cup winner the subject of a flurry of betting activity in recent weeks. The Frenchman is the new leader on the betting market today with his odds being slashed from 25/1 to a best price of just 1/2. This is due to a huge number of punters’ bets being aimed towards what on the face of it seems a somewhat unlikely appointment, around 81% of all bets being on the Frenchman taking the reins at Dean Court.

This means that Henry has moved ahead of former favourite in the betting, Jonathan Woodgate, who has slid out to a general 9/2. Former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is now third favourite with his odds having drifted from odds-on at 4/7 to a general 6/1, while Chelsea legend John Terry is now a 12/1 punt ahead of Marco Silva at 16/1.

Reports earlier today suggest that the south-coast club are increasing their efforts to bring Thierry Henry to Dean Court and the Frenchman is reportedly keen on a move to the Championship club. Henry has had limited success as a manager but it looks as though he might be set for another shot at the English game. Odds of 1/2 suggest that he has a perceived 67% chance of taking the reins at Bournemouth and while Jonathan Woodgate has done a decent job of looking after things in a temporary capacity, the likelihood is that the club may well be tempted by a more prevalent figure.


Next Bournemouth Manager Odds with William Hill Bookmakers


  • 1/2  –  Thierry Henry
  • 9/2  –  Jonathan Woodgate
  • 6/1  –  David Wagner
  • 12/1 –  John Terry
  • 16/1 –  Marco Silva
  • 16/1 –  Eddie Howe
  • 16/1 –  Patrick Vieira
  • 16/1 –  Nigel Pearson
  • 20/1 –  Frank Lampard




The odds on David Wagner being named as next Bournemouth manager have been decisively slashed over the past few days and he is now odds-on to take charge at Dean Court. Interest in the Cherries job has been extremely high since the sacking of Jason Tindall and many high-profile names have been linked with the role over the past few days.

Former Huddersfield Town and Schalke boss David Wagner is apparently keen on taking charge at Bournemouth, the 49-year-old currently out of work. He is just one of a number of big names that are keen on taking the reins, however some other notable names have been ruled out of contention.

Recently-sacked former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard remains a contender according to the bookmakers but many pundits are of the opinion that it is too soon for him to move back into management.

It remains to be seen who Bournemouth will choose for their next manager but they could certainly do far worse than Wagner, the German tactician having enjoyed some success with Huddersfield Town. He endured a hard time at German side Schalke, however he could undoubtedly bounce back by moving to the Championship.


Next Bournemouth Manager Odds with William Hill Bookmakers


  • 4/7  –  David Wagner
  • 6/1  –  Patrick Vieira
  • 13/2 – Jonathan Woodgate
  • 7/1  –  John Terry
  • 10/1 –  Frank Lampard
  • 12/1 –  Karl Robinson
  • 12/1 –  Nigel Pearson
  • 16/1 –  Tony Pulis
  • 20/1 –  Harry Redknapp
  • 20/1 –  Danny Cowley
  • 20/1 –  Garry Monk
  • 20/1 –  Slaven Bilic
  • 25/1 –  Paul Cook
  • 25/1 –  Eddie Howe