Arsenal and France legend back in the running for managerial role – Vital Bournemouth
24 days after AFC Bournemouth’s landslide defeat to Brentford in the second leg of the Championship play-offs semi-final and the Dean Court faithful are still awaiting news on who will be the club’s pick as manager / head coach for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign in the second tier of English football.
Jonathan Woodgate, who was given the role on a short-term contract, saw his contract at Dean Court expire, presumably with backroom staff members Gary O’Neil and Joe Jordan .
Speculation regarding who might be in contention for the role has been sparse, with the strongest rumors circulating around the possibility that Scott Parker may be leaving Fulham for the role at Dean Court.
AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn believed the club were ‘getting close’ to their preferred leadership contender, with Parker being rumored to have interested the AFC Bournemouth hierarchy in Mostyn, general manager Neill Blake , Technical Director Richard Hughes and AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin since Eddie Howe left almost a year ago.
However, just before the weekend, the media was clearly informed by someone from AFC Bournemouth as a flurry of social media posts within minutes indicated the Cherries were still in discussions with multiple candidates.
Daily Echo reporter Tom Crocker said a date was “drawing near” and things were “dragging on a little longer than expected”, adding “the club are in the midst of negotiations with potential candidates. “.
🍒 Still nothing imminent at the level of a managerial meeting at Cerises, but which is getting closer. Things are dragging on a bit longer than expected, as has been the case at other clubs this summer.
But understand that the club is in the midst of negotiations with potential candidates. #afcb
– Tom Crocker (@TomCrockerEcho) June 11, 2021
Five minutes later, BBC Radio Solent reporter Kris Temple said “extensive discussions with more than one leadership contestant” were continuing.
I understand that @afcbournemouth are currently continuing in-depth discussions with more than one leadership contestant. Lots of vacancies at the moment making it an interesting market. #afcb pic.twitter.com/L5MU5mIygG
– Temple of Kris (@kristemple) June 11, 2021
While just seven minutes after that, talkSPORT’s Alex Crook also tweeted, singing to the same hymn sheet that “managerial research will continue next week”.
Said #AFCB the search for executives will continue next week.
– Alex Crook ️🎙 (@alex_crook) June 11, 2021
In less than 24 hours, another name was reinstated. Patrick Viera, who was vying for the post at Dean Court in February alongside former Arsenal and France teammate Thierry Henry.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger even touched on the situation on beIN Sports during the UEFA Champions League channel’s coverage. However, neither of them ultimately got the job and AFC Bournemouth continued with Jonathan Woodgate.
But the Mirror has now reported that a new approach has been taken.
With the tabloid declaring …
“The Cherries are eager to name Vieira as their new boss …”
“… AFC Bournemouth have taken another ambitious decision for Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira in his search for a new manager.
Vieira, who is alongside former Manchester United foe Roy Keane in the ITV studio during the European Championships, was interviewed by the Cherries in February after Jason Tindall was sacked.
As a player, Patrick Viera was one of the most decorated players of his generation. At club level, he has won the English Premier League title 3 times with Arsenal, the Italian Serie A title 4 times with Inter Milan, he won the FA Cup 5 times, 4 times with Arsenal and one times with Manchester City.
Internationally with France, he won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championships in 2000.
As a coach and manager, he worked in Manchester City as a “Football Development Executive” before becoming New York coach in the US MLS.
In June 2018, he joined Nice as manager guiding the club through the French Ligue 1 towards qualification for the UEFA Europa League.
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Waz afcb wrote …
Viera’s management record is actually not that bad, and would bring a multitude of contacts and at the same time would probably be an attraction for any player we potentially had to recruit. Why not him? He would be a much better choice than Woodgate. – Join the conversation, click here.