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AFC Bournemouth Staff Profiles

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe was born in Amersham in 1977, before moving to Verwood with his family at an early age. Howe began his footballing career with local club Rossgarth, but he was soon training with the AFC Bournemouth Centre of Excellence.

A regular on the terraces at Dean Court, Eddie moved through the age groups to join Sean O’Driscoll’s youth team.

In his second year as a youth player, he was called up to the first team to make his debut against Hull City in December 1995, winning the man of the match award.  He made two  more appearances that season, and in the summer, was handed his first professional contract. 

Despite his young age, Eddie soon established himself in the heart of the Cherries defence.  His highly consistent performances made him a crowd favourite, shown by his and the supporters celebrations when he scored his first senior goal in a 2-2 draw at Burnley.

1998 proved to be a fantastic year for Howe.  He played at Wembley in the final of the Auto Windscreens Shield and was named AFC Bournemouth player of the year, before being capped by England at under-21 level in the Toulon Tournament.

His performances continued to impress, and he was an important part of the side that came close to reaching the play-offs in 2001, as the club said goodbye to the old Dean Court.  He was a regular in the side that started life in the new stadium, but in March 2002, Howe left for Portsmouth in a potentially club-saving lucrative deal.

He spent two injury-hit years at Fratton Park and was restricted to just two short appearances.  He returned to the Cherries on loan in August 2004, and just like his previous debut, restarted his Bournemouth career against Hull City.

The club was in dire straits financially, and the supporters were forced to create 'Eddieshare' in a bid to fund his permanent transfer. In a matter of days, £21,000 was raised and Howe was a Bournemouth player once more.

Howe put in some inspiring performances, and he began his second fantastic spell with the Cherries.  Some of the highlights include a 5-0 demolition of Doncaster with Howe finding the net and also a memorable win at Blackburn in the League Cup, where he despatched the winning spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out.

After three years back at Bournemouth and over 50 appearances, Eddie was forced to retire from playing in 2007 and was named as reserve team manager.  He then became first team coach, but in 2008, was sacked along with Kevin Bond and Rob Newman.  He was immediately reinstated at the club working in the Centre of Excellence.

On New Year’s Eve 2008, he was named as caretaker manager after the dismissal of Jimmy Quinn, with the side 10 points from safety in League 2.

After a period as caretaker, he was named as manager until the end of the season, and immediately showed that with despite no managerial experience, he knew how to shape a side. 

Proving his astute eye for a player, Howe brought in some excellent signings from non-league, including players that typified the resilience and attitude of their leader.  

Incredibly, Howe kept AFC Bournemouth in the Football League, and was awarded a longer contract along with Jason Tindall.

The 2009-10 season saw him hailed as one of the brightest young managers in England as he led Bournemouth to promotion despite a crippling transfer embargo.  The side finished in second place despite on occasions only having 12 fit players at his disposal. 

Bournemouth hit the ground running in League 1, and spent much of the first half of the season in the automatic spots. The Cherries were firmly rooted in the promotion places by January 2011, but Howe and assistant Jason Tindall left for Championship side Burnley.  

At Burnley, he proved in his 18-month spell that he had the temperament and intelligence to manage at the highest level. 

But in October 2012, in a sensational move, Eddie Howe returned home.

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Jason Tindall
Assistant Manager

Born in the East End of London in 1977, Jason Tindall started his career at Charlton, making it through to the professional ranks and captaining the reserves to the Football Combination title in May 1998.

In July 1998, Tindall signed for Mel Machin's AFC Bournemouth.  He made his League debut on 8th August 1998 as a substitute against Lincoln, before making his full debut on 22 August against Millwall - marking the occasion with his first senior goal from the penalty spot in the 3-0 win.

His opening two seasons were somewhat hampered by injury though, meaning that he only managed a total of 29 appearances. However, during this time he did experience his first taste of success for the Cherries, as he captained the reserves to the Combination Cup, beating Ipswich 3-1 in the final at Dean Court.

A highly versatile player, Tindall proved that in abundance during the 2000-01 season - arguably his finest for the Cherries. Making 51 appearances, he formed part of a side that narrowly missed out on the play-offs after a fantastic run during the second half of the season.

The utility player etched his name in Cherries history the following season as he graced the Cherries first ever game at the new stadium against Wrexham with a fabulous goal in the 3-0 win. The season though was to end in disappointment as the Cherries were later relegated.

Tindall was a prominent part of the 2002-03 promotion winning team, but missed out on glory at the Millennium Stadium after a knee injury ruled him out of the run-in.  It was an injury that was to severely disrupt his appearances from then on, as he was sidelined for 18 months.

Following an operation with top American surgeon Dr. Steadman, Tindall went on to make 171 appearances for the Cherries prior to his release in 2006.

After a brief spell playing Weymouth, Tindall was handed his first taste of management at the Conference club in January 2007, before going on to work with Jimmy Quinn at Cambridge United. It was this partnership which eventually paved Tindall’s way back to the Cherries, as following Quinn’s appointment as Bournemouth boss, Tindall was named as his assistant.

Following Quinn’s exit in December 2008, Tindall was crucially retained, being employed as new boss Eddie Howe’s assistant. And during their first six months in charge, the pair, against all odds, kept the Cherries in the Football League after a dramatic end of season finale at home to Grimsby.

The following 2009-2010 season will arguably go down as one of the best in Bournemouth’s history, as despite a transfer embargo being put in place, the side finished second and achieved automatic promotion to League One. During this season, not only did Tindall play a crucial role in the coaching set-up, but he was also forced out of retirement to offer his services on the pitch.

Having established the Cherries as firm favourites for promotion at the start of the 2010-2011 season, Tindall alongside manager Howe, left the club for Championship side Burnley in January 2011.

However, now with over 18 months of Championship experience to his name, Tindall returns to AFC Bournemouth making up half of one of the club’s most successful management partnerships ever.

Simon Weatherstone
First team coach

Simon Weatherstone joined the Cherries in January 2014 as first team coach.
The 33-year-old former Oxford, Boston, Yeovil, Stevenage and Crawley midfielder replaced Chris Hargreaves who was appointed Torquay manager.
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

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.