AFC Bournemouth

Thierry Henry misses out on Bournemouth job as Jonathan Woodgate remains in charge

Max Cooper
Feb 22, 2021, 7:49 PM GMT
Henry was in the running but has missed out on the job
Henry was in the running but has missed out on the job | Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images
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CF Montreal coach Thierry Henry will not become the new AFC Bournemouth manager after the Championship club confirmed caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate will remain in charge for the rest of the season.

The Arsenal legend was in the running to replace the sacked Jason Tindall and had spoken to the Cherries over the possibility of making a surprise return to England as their next boss.

Henry will not be returning to England as Bournemouth boss
Henry will not be returning to England as Bournemouth boss | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

But those rumours were dashed by Bournemouth on Sunday morning when they confirmed in a statement that current interim coach Woodgate has performed well enough to retain his position until the end of the season.

“Jonathan’s professionalism and leadership has impressed the board of directors since taking on the role of caretaker manager in difficult circumstances," Bournemouth's chief executive Neill Blake explained.

“The team’s performances and results have improved under his stewardship, and even our defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday was a display which deserved a better result.

“As we head into a crucial part of the season, stability and clarity is of paramount importance for everyone at the club.

Woodgate will remain in charge for the rest of the season
Woodgate will remain in charge for the rest of the season | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

“With that in mind, and having concluded an extensive search for a new manager, we believe Jonathan is the best candidate to lead the team for the final 15 games of the season.”

Results have improved since Woodgate's arrival, where he has picked up three wins in five matches, solidifying the Cherries' position in the top six. Bournemouth will be hoping to secure automatic promotion from the Championship to avoid the risky playoffs and they sit only eight points behind second place Brentford.

For Henry, it appears he will remain in charge of CF Montreal for the foreseeable future as he looks to repair his damaged reputation as a coach following his disastrous spell at the helm of Monaco in 2018 and 2019.

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