Who next for Bournemouth? Five alternative picks
It's the end of an era for Bournemouth. In sacking Jason Tindall, they let go a man with over a decade of service for the club. Not only that, but that was the last of the Eddie Howe tenure, with Tindall serving Howe for years.
A club that loves developing a culture and continuity, the next appointment is vital. An inexperienced manager in Jason Tindall didn't work, so do they opt for an experienced gaffer? Perhaps they go down the inexperienced route but that's too much of a risk after the Tindall experience.
Maybe even a foreign coach? It's worth looking into it and it would be the first in their history.
If I was Bournemouth, I'd avoid Frank Lampard (we all know he's not that good, right?), John Terry, and any of the other obvious links.
The current odds list as well does not inspire at all. The usual suspects feature, Nigel Pearson, Paul Cook etc. So here, we're going to list some alternative suggestions that we feel would fit perfectly at Bournemouth.
1. Alex Neil - Preston North End
Okay, hear me out Bournemouth fans. He is the perfect man. Why? His history of coming into a recently relegated team and turning them around.
What he did at Norwich was vital, they were cruising for mid-table when he came into the team in January.
They went onto lose 3 games and win promotion via the play-offs. It was nothing short of a miraculous turnaround. As well as this, he plays good attacking football and with more than a mid-table standard team available to him, we know what he can do.
2. Ryan Lowe - Plymouth Argyle
What Ryan Lowe is doing at Plymouth is fantastic. The football that is on display is ridiculously good for the standard. He's a young manager with a few years experience under his belt as well and will without doubt get this Plymouth team promoted in the next couple of years.
He's the perfect tactician as well. Bournemouth often operate with three at the back and wing backs, and this is a favoured formation of Lowe. Attacking football is a tick with his Bury team scoring 82 goals in 18-19 season while is Plymouth team score two or in 54% of their games. The level of football on display in League One is head and shoulders above most in the Championship and would be a great chance for Lowe to showcase his ability.
3. Slavisa Jokanovic - Al Gharafa
There's not one person supporting a Championship team at the moment that wouldn't consider Jokanovic should their manager leave.
It's just a second tier no brainer, isn't it? Let's look at what he did with Watford first. He was the fourth manager to take charge in the 14-15 season, so odds were against him already.
However what he did over the next few months was turn them into one of the most attacking teams the Championship has seen. They scored 91 goals that season, with three plays hitting twenty for the season.
Now looking at his Fulham sides. In his three years, he turned them from relegation fodder to one of the sexiest teams in England. His promotion campaign in 17-18 yielded a 23 game unbeaten run as they finished just two points off the automatics before beating Aston Villa in the play off final.
4. Phillip Cocu - Previously Derby County
Okay, this is a bit left field. However, given how much of a disaster this season has been for Derby, not all of it is down to Cocu. I do agree it was right for him to move on, but it was a case of right man/wrong time for Cocu at Derby.
His possession based football wasn't exactly attacking, but it was done with the remit of wearing teams down and pouncing on openings that have been patiently carved. It could spark more control that Bournemouth needed at times in their Premier League spell under Howe. And you only need to look at what he achieved at PSV (toppling Ajax as the top team in Holland is one achievement) .
With a better calibre of player at his disposal and backing, I think he could achieve good things as a coach at Bournemouth.
5. Gerhard Struber - New York Red Bulls
Trying to find the non obvious links this far down is tricky, and this one might be a little bit out of reach. But why not? Bournemouth have a fair bit of pulling power, and they're in a great position to be promoted.
Struber is now part of the Red Bull franchise so perhaps becomes harder to prize him away, but he'd be perfect for this fairly young team. The MLS season is also currently paused, with the Championship seeing a couple of US players find their way over here to get game time, you have to think a number of managers might be keen also.
You have to be ambitious and of course, if you don't ask you don't get.
By Justin Peach | @JustinPeach27