John Terry and Chris Hughton among early favourites as Eddie Howe leaves Cherries
Bournemouth have begun their hunt for a new manager following the departure of club legend Eddie Howe on Saturday night.
Howe, 42, leaves Dean Court after eight years as Cherries boss, which was his second spell in charge following his first period between 2008 and 2011.
Howe is undeniably a Bournemouth hero, but there are clear signs things were going stale under the highly-rated coach and a change was expected – especially following the south coast club’s relegation back to the Championship.
This is the view held by former England striker Darren Bent, who believes the only chance Bournemouth have of getting promoted back to the Premier League is under a new head coach.
“I think it’s the right call,” said Bent on talkSPORT. “He’s done fantastically well for Bournemouth; he’s been there for such a long time and is part of the furniture there.
“But, at some stage, you become stale.
“Bournemouth have got some good players but they need to freshen up; whether it’s Eddie Howe freshening up by moving onto a new challenge, or Bournemouth getting fresh ideas in.
“But it was something that had to happen for Bournemouth to get going ahead and try to get promoted next season.”
But who is the man set to arrive at Dean Court to oversee this push for an immediate return to the top-flight?
Jason Tindall is currently serving as Bournemouth’s interim boss as he remained with the Cherries despite Howe’s departure, and the assistant coach is favourite to take the job on a permanent basis.
Another member of Howe’s coaching staff is also in the running for the job, according to Sky Bet odds, with first-team coach Stephen Purches at 14/1 to become manager.
He is below a few big-name contenders, however, with unattached duo Lee Johnson and Chris Hughton at 6/1 and 9/1 respectively, and former Chelsea captain John Terry at 10/1 to leave his role as Aston Villa assistant coach to become Bournemouth boss.
Next Bournemouth manager odds
According to Sky Bet, odds correct as of August 2, 2020
- Jason Tindall – 4/7
- Lee Johnson – 6/1
- Chris Hughton – 9/1
- John Terry – 10/1
- Danny Cowley – 12/1
- Paul Cook – 12/1
- Stephen Purches – 14/1
- Alex Neil – 16/1
- Gareth Ainsworth – 16/1
- Joey Barton – 16/1
You can watch a clip of Darren Bent on talkSPORT, above…