Jonathan Woodgate admits to “surprise” that he is temporarily in charge of Bournemouth just two days after arriving at the club, insisting that he did not consider “a permanent role” after Jason Tindall was fired
- Jonathan Woodgate didn’t join Bournemouth until Monday as a first-team coach
- Woodgate became caretaker after Jason Tindall was fired
- He says he was “surprised” and insists that he didn’t think about the permanent role
- Woodgate said Tindall’s “early” release created a “difficult situation” for the team
Jonathan Woodgate, the Bournemouth caretaker, says he is “surprised” to be temporarily running the club.
Woodgate didn’t join Bournemouth until Monday as a first-team coach – two days before the club sacked former manager Jason Tindall after his fourth straight defeat.
Woodgate insists he hasn’t considered the “permanent role” as he didn’t think Tindall would be ousted as the person in charge after just six months.
Jonathan Woodgate (above) didn’t join Bournemouth until Monday as a first-team coach
When asked to explain his reaction to being appointed caretaker of Bournemouth, Woodgate said, “Surprised.”
The former England center-back added: “I didn’t think something like this would happen so early.
“I know managers get under pressure sometimes. I was involved with [around] 25 managers over the course of my career and I know it’s a breakneck business but I didn’t think it would be so early that it would happen. ‘
After Jason Tindall was fired, Woodgate has been the club’s caretaker ever since
Tindall was sacked after losing to Sheffield on Wednesday for the fourth straight loss
Woodgate moved to Bournemouth after the departure of Graeme Jones to Newcastle.
Woodgate, who was hired as a temporary manager just two days after arriving at Vitality Stadium, insists he hasn’t considered the permanent position.
Woodgate also highlighted the importance of continuity at the club, as Bournemouth have now laid off two managers in six months.
He said, “This club got used to stability with Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall and now two managers have left in six months,” said Woodgate.
Woodgate expressed surprise at the decision to fire Tindall after six months
‘It’s something that the players are not used to. It was a difficult situation for everyone. ‘
Woodgate will manage the Bournemouth players against Birmingham City on Saturday at Vitality Stadium.
As it stands, Bournemouth remain in the competition for the championship play-off as they occupy sixth place in the table – despite having won only one of their last eight league games.