Next Bournemouth Manager: Who is Jason Tindall? Former Weymouth boss a leading candidate to replace Eddie Howe

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 August 2020, 09:03

It’s been a while since Bournemouth opened up the search for a new manager. 

Back in the hazy days of October 2012 - after the club parted ways with Paul Groves - Bournemouth were preparing for a League One trip to Coventry City; with the prospect of Premier League football merely a dream. 

The now ubiquitous VAR was just an idea jotted down on a notepad, Sir Alex Ferguson was a few months into his final season at Man Utd, Michael Laudrup was at the helm of Swansea City, and Neil Warnock was in charge of Leeds United.

Fast-forward to August 2020 and Bournemouth are now preparing for life without long-serving boss Eddie Howe, whose incredible journey at the club came to an end over the weekend, a week after the club’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed following a five-year stay in the Premier League.

A host of names have been thrown into the mix in the next Bournemouth manager market, however one manager now comprehensively stands alone at the top of the betting board: Jason Tindall.

Below we take a look at the story of the 1/6 shot…

He’s managed on the south coast before

Tindall’s one, and still only, position in the managerial arena came way back in January 2007 when he was appointed player-manager of Weymouth, at the age of just 29. 

It was a period of real turmoil for the then Conference Premier side, who had just seen boss Garry Hill leave, while the whole of the first team had been placed on the transfer list.

"We're going to go for it - all guns blazing,” the ambitious Tindall said upon his appointment. ”It's our aim to get to the play-offs and hopefully take the club as far forward as we possibly can."

However, Tindall lasted a year in the job with the south coast club deciding to make a change in January 2008 after they were left five points above the drop zone with just three wins to their name.

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Life as a Cherry

Tindall, who as a youngster was on the books at Arsenal, first arrived at Bournemouth as a player back in 1998. 

He stayed at the club until 2006 but following his managerial stint at Weymouth, Tindall returned to Bournemouth as assistant manager to Jimmy Quinn in 2008, before taking up the same position under former teammate Eddie Howe in 2009, when Bournemouth were 23rd in League Two. 

At the time the duo had a combined age of just 62, making them the youngest managerial partnership in the Football League.

Despite their lack of experience, Howe and Tindall swatted away any doubters by preserving the club’s Football League status, before leading their troops into League One.

A stint at Burnley followed, before the pair returned to Bournemouth and embarked on a stunning period during which they led the club from the third-tier into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Touchline shenanigans

During matches Tindall can often be spotted in the technical area communicating with Howe, barking instructions at players, and giving the fourth official an earful.

“I like to think that I get on well with fourth officials,” Tindall previously told The Guardian. “I think I’ve got better with the way I approach them, being respectful. There’s been times as well, don’t you worry about that, where Ed says, ‘Go on, get into them’, so it’s not all my own doing!”

Tindall was even accused of attempting to influence a referee by former West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: “I talk about the assistant coach of him (Tindall), the complete game with the referee trying to pressurise in every decision. I think Eddie has done very good work here - his assistant doesn't need to do those kind of things because I don't think it's fair for the referee."

Will he be named as Howe’s successor?

Many fans may have expected Tindall to follow Howe out the door, however Bournemouth confirmed that the 42-year-old had in fact been placed in interim charge.

Tindall, who holds a UEFA Pro Licence, is now a slim price at 1/6 to succeed Howe, with Sky Sports reporting that Bournemouth will consider him for the vacancy, with the man in question also currently "assessing whether to formally apply for the position".

Tindall may only have one year-long non-league managerial post on his CV but he knows the club, players and coaching staff inside out. Under Howe, he played a prominent role in the club’s rise up the leagues and will no doubt be keen to pick the club up and take charge from the front.

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