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Jason Tindall: A Bournemouth Club Legend Whose Managerial Venture Has Thus Far Been Unsuccessful

Jason Tindall was recently sacked from his position as manager of Bournemouth, after a disappointing run of results which damaged the Cherries’ promotion hopes. The 43-year-old is a club legend on the South Coast, but that failed to carry him through his first full season in the job, as he loses the managerial post just six months after being hired.

Jason Tindall Sacked But Still a Bournemouth Club Legend

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Tindall’s playing career, as well as his time as assistant manager, earned him legend status at Dean Court.

His period of time playing for the club, from 1998 to 2006, was not the most successful time in the Cherries’ history, especially considering their recent successes, but he became well known as a fantastic centre-back nonetheless. Tindall helped the cherries bounce straight back up from their disappointing demotion to the third tier of English football in 2002, and also played a part in their then record-high finish, seventh place in Division Two, in 1998.

The Englishman returned to Bournemouth in 2008 as an assistant manager. He was also registered to play, and had to be called upon a handful of times in the 2008/09 season.

A young Eddie Howe was appointed as manager in 2009, and he kept Tindall as his assistant. The duo pulled off a miraculous escape from the relegation zone in their first half-season in charge, traversing a 17-point deficit from January of that year to avoid the drop.

An 18-month stint with Burnley for Howe and Tindall started just three days after their future with the Cherries was pledged, but they returned to the club in October 2012.

This marked the start of their miraculous rise to the Premier League, which saw Bournemouth promoted through two tiers of football in just three seasons.

Howe and Tindall kept the Cherries in the top flight for five years, before their relegation last season. This saw Howe step down as manager, with Tindall taking over the helm.

Not Quite as Much Success in His Managerial Venture

Jason Tindall was appointed manager after Howe’s departure, with the next season’s aim being to return to the top of English football.

With a squad like Bournemouth’s, one would expect the Championship not to be too much of a challenge, with the likes of Jefferson Lerma, David Brooks, Lewis Cook, and many others all of Premier League quality.

Ben Pearson was also brought in during the January transfer window as another class player, but the midfielder is yet to make an appearance for the Cherries.

With these players, though, the South Coast side should not have struggled as much as they have recently.

They started very well, staying unbeaten in the league until early November, and were in second place at Christmas. Things were looking good for Tindall and his side.

This, however, came crashing down, with their negative results starting to roll in after a 1-0 win over bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers on December 15th.

Since then, Bournemouth have emerged victorious from just one of their eight Championship games, with five losses coming in that time.

Not only have these results been disappointing, but the teams against whom the Cherries have been defeated have also been a cause for concern. Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County each took three points away from matches against Tindall’s side during this run, with both teams firmly in a relegation battle.

The manner in which they have lost has also been disappointing, looking poor defensively, and not having the same attacking fire-power as was seen at the start of the season.

Ultimately, the team’s performances under Tindall were not good enough for a side looking to bounce back to the Premier League, and a change seemed to be necessary in order to inspire an automatic promotion push.


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