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AFC Bournemouth Staff Profiles

Eddie Howe
Manager

AFC Bournemouth’s most successful manager is a Dean Court icon.

A product of the Centre of Excellence who developed into a classy centre half, Eddie Howe was always a fans’ favourite and proved to equally as popular following his appointment as manager.

In his first season in charge he secured the club’s status in the Football League before leading the side to promotion 12 months later.

In January 2011, he moved on to then Championship outfit Burnley, where he spent 18 months gaining valuable second tier experience.

However, Howe returned and defied to defy the odds and earn promotion back to the Championship for the first time in almost 25 years and only the second time in the club’s history.

Howe’s legendary status was in no doubt having lead the club from the brink of its existence to a return to the second tier, but in the 2013/14 campaign he oversaw the Cherries’ highest ever finish.

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Jason Tindall
Assistant Manager

While Eddie Howe takes most of the headlines, Jason Tindall’s contribution shouldn’t go unnoticed.

A former player and likeable coach, Tindall is a vital component in the backroom staff at the Goldsands Stadium.

In October 2012, he returned alongside Howe as they masterminded the club’s rise up the table, which finished in promotion to the Championship.

Tindall’s association with the club stretches back to 1998 when he was signed by then manager Mel Machin.

Just under a decade later he was to start what was a new and successful chapter in his time at Dean Court.

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Simon Weatherstone
First team coach

Simon Weatherstone joined the Cherries in January 2014 as first team coach.

The former Oxford, Boston, Yeovil, Stevenage and Crawley midfielder replaced Chris Hargreaves, who was appointed Torquay manager at the turn of the year.

Weatherstone previously worked alongside manager Eddie Howe and assistant boss Jason Tindall at Burnley in the role of development coach.

Neil Moss
Goalkeeping Coach

Neil Moss is a Cherries legend and was recently voted as supporters all time number one keeper.  

He supported the club as a youngster and came through the youth system to establish himself in the first team before moving to Southampton.  

He returned to Bournemouth in 2002 and played a huge part in promotion that season.  

Moss has coached ever since his retirement from playing and also runs his own goalkeeping academy.

Stephen Purches
Development coach

Stephen Purches has joined Eddie Howe’s backroom team after taking up a player-coach role in the summer of 2013.


Purches divided his time between coaching the development squad and being part of the first team squad, before hanging up his playing boots at the end of the 2013/14 season.

John Yems
Football Operations & Recruitment Manager

Yems joined the club in October 2012 after the appointment of Jason Tindall and Eddie Howe.  

Yems has a long history in the game, having enjoyed management roles at Crawley, Torquay and Exeter City and coaching roles at Millwall, Fulham and Crystal Palace. 

Most recently, Yems spent the 2011/12 season as Andy Hessenthaler's coaching assistant at Gillingham, and brings a wealth of football knowledge and contacts to the club.

Dave Webb
Head of European Player Recruitment

Webb joined the club in the summer of 2013 and oversees the development of first team player recruitment in Europe, implementing new technical systems and exploiting modern market trends to identify and recruit players for the club. 

He also brings European scouting experience, having worked on a consultant basis for a top Bundesliga club as a performance scout, holds a Uefa A coaching license and is currently undertaking an MSc in Sports Psychology.

Webb successfully spotted and signed 11-year-old Wilfried Zaha while scouting for Crystal Palace, and has also worked for Millwall, Spurs and Southampton.

Dan Hodges
Head of Sports Science

Dan Hodges joined the backroom staff at AFC Bournemouth in June 2012.  

The sports scientist gained experience at Manchester City and Rochdale before joining the Cherries.


Garvan Stewart
Performance Analyst

Garvan Stewart joined the Cherries in June 2012.  He previously worked at Portsmouth for four years, as well as Cardiff City and the Welsh FA.
Winner of the unsung hero at the end of season player awards dinner 2013/14, he has gone on to become a key part of Eddie Howe's backroom team.

Steve Hard
Physio

Cherries physio Steve Hard has served the club for a number of years and was previously at Millwall.

Dave Gardner
Sports Therapist

Gardner joined the staff from Reading in the summer of 2011 and assists physio Steve Hard.

Joe Roach
Academy manager

Joe Roach is a club legend in many supporters' eyes, having overseen the development of a host of youngsters including Sam Vokes and Danny Ings.

Roach spent almost 10 years on the south coast, becoming an integral part of the Cherries' back room staff before before departing in 2011.

He then went on to audit club academies on behalf of a company working for the Premier League for two-and-a-half years.

However, with the roles in the youth team vacant as of January 2014, Eddie Howe moved swiftly to re-appoint Roach as academy manager, where he will look to again unearth similar gems as he did in his previous time at the club.

Carl Fletcher
Youth Team Manager

Fletcher rejoined the Cherries at the start of 2014, calling time on his playing career at Barnet to return to his former club to take over the reigns of the youth team.

The 33-year-old came through the ranks at the Goldsands Stadium, going on to make almost 200 appearances for the club.

He also played for West Ham United and Crystal Palace, as well as experiencing loan spells at Watford and Nottingham Forest.

He then moved to Plymouth and it was here that he got his first taste of management, first as caretaker before later being given the job on a permanent basis.

He briefly returned to playing at Barnet, but left the role in January 2014, to rejoin the club that gave him his chance in professional football.

Fletcher rejoins up with a number of his former team-mates including Eddie Howe, Jason Tindall, Neil Moss and Stephen Purches at the club, as he looks to produce the stars of the future alongside Joe Roach.