Jonathan Woodgate will not renew Bournemouth deal

CHERRIES has told Jonathan Woodgate his contract at the club will not be renewed.

The Daily Echo understands the former England center-half will not be offered any new terms, with his current deal set to expire on Wednesday.

Woodgate initially arrived at the club as a first-team coach under Jason Tindall earlier this year, replacing Graeme Jones.

But after Tindall was sacked, the club’s board asked Woodgate to become acting manager.

He was then given the role of head coach until the end of the season and guided Cherry to sixth place in the championship standings.

Woodgate saw the Dorset club suffer a 3-2 aggregate loss to Brentford in the play-off semi-final, putting an end to their hopes of an immediate top-flight return.

He has led the club 23 times in all competitions, taking 13 wins, two draws and eight losses.

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The Daily Echo understands that Woodgate had returned home to the north after the play-off loss, but had been in continuous contact with the club about the progress of the process. The departure would have been friendly.

The news means Cherries are looking for a new face to lead the club in the 2021-22 campaign.

Scott Parker is being tipped to succeed Woodgate, with Sky saying the mutual termination of his contract at Fulham is expected to be effected within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Cherries are back for preseason testing today, with training set to begin this week ahead of their first championship game at West Brom on Saturday, August 7.


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