Bournemouth confirm Jonathan Woodgate to stay in charge until the end of the season

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AFC Bournemouth have confirmed that Jonathan Woodgate is to remain in charge of the EFL Championship promotion contenders until the end of the season.

Former Middlesbrough boss Woodgate joined the club’s coaching staff just two days before Jason Tindall’s departure on 3rd February.

Last week both Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera were linked with the vacancy with Henry strongly tipped to take over at the Vitality Stadium. However the club have decided to continue with Woodgate – who has a record of three wins and one draw from five matches since taking charge – until the end of the season.

AFC Bournemouth’s 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.

“As we head into a crucial part of the season, stability and clarity is of paramount importance for everyone at the club.

“With that in mind, and 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.”

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