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Profile: Tindall's Cherries History


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Manager Jason Tindall’s time with AFC Bournemouth began in 1998 when he signed for the club as a player.

The son of Jimmy Tindall, who was youth development officer at West Ham for more than 20 years, Tindall junior trained with the Hammers before signing schoolboy forms with Arsenal.

He also turned out for the legendary Senrab club, the Sunday league team formed by his father whose old boys include John Terry, Jermain Defoe, Sol Campbell and Ledley King.

Tindall spent five years on Arsenal’s books having joined them as a ten-year-old before becoming an apprentice and then a professional at Charlton.

He was named reserve team player of the year at the Valley and helped them win the Football Combination title in 1997/98 before moving to Dean Court.

Start to life with the Cherries

Signed by Mel Machin, Tindall, an accomplished defender who could also operate in midfield and up front, scored a penalty on his full debut in a 3-0 home win against Millwall in August 1998.

In April 2000, he skippered the Cherries to victory against Ipswich in the final of the Avon Insurance Combination Cup.

Tindall missed a total of three league games in 2000/01 and 2001/02, forging an impressive central defensive partnership with Howe under Sean O’Driscoll’s management.

Promotion and injuries

And although he made 27 appearances in 2002/03, injury robbed him of the chance of featuring in the Cherries’ 5-2 win over Lincoln in the Division Three play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

In February 2005, Tindall went under the knife of world-renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman in an attempt to cure a long-standing knee problem.

And although he returned to action in January 2006 after almost two years on the sidelines, Tindall was released at the end of the 2005/06 season.

Moving on for a spell with Weymouth, Tindall was appointed player-manager in January after the entire Terras squad had been transfer-listed by the crisis-hit non-league club.

Stepping into coaching

He left Weymouth in January 2008 and returned to Dean Court as Jimmy Quinn’s assistant in September 2008 before beginning his long association with Eddie Howe after he had taken the reins on New Year’s Day 2009.

Tindall came out of retirement due to a transfer embargo to feature in 2008/09 and again in 2009/10, when the Cherries won promotion to League One.

He was by Howe’s side when the Cherries won promotion to the Championship in 2012/13 and to the Premier League in 2014/15.

In 2016, Tindall became one of the most decorated coaches in Europe when he gained the prestigious UEFA Pro Licence.

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