Patrick Vieira Emerges as Frontrunner to Fill Bournemouth Hot-seat
Wagner Also in Race With John Terry Staying Put at Villa Park
Following the sacking of Jason Tindall, the Bournemouth hierarchy have identified Vieira, ex-Huddersfield Town boss Wagner and Chelsea legend Terry as their main targets for the vacant managerial position.
Per David Ornstein of The Athletic, the Cherries are thought to be keen on Vieira, who has previously managed MLS side New York City FC and Ligue 1 outfit Nice.
Premier League fans will remember Wagner most for his spell at Huddersfield, where he led the Terriers to the top flight in 2017, before being sacked with the West Yorkshire side rooted to the foot of the table in January 2019.
Terry, meanwhile, has made a name for himself since becoming Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa in October 2018. Whilst he was thought to be in the mix for the top job at the Vitality Stadium, it was revealed by David Ornstein that Bournemouth are prioritising other candidates, with Terry happy to remain at Villa Park.
Bournemouth Bounce Provides Optimism for New Manager
Whoever the new manager of the Cherries will be, they will have been encouraged by Bournemouth’s last two results.
After ending a five-game winless run in the Championship with a 3-2 win against Birmingham City, the Cherries reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory against Burnley on Tuesday night.
Currently sitting in the final play-off place, the Bournemouth board will be hopeful that a fresh appointment can revitalise the club’s push for an immediate return to the Premier League.