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Matt Wells

Position:
Assistant head coach
Date of birth:
22nd September 1988
Nationality:
English

Matt Wells followed Scott Parker to AFC Bournemouth and was appointed assistant head coach in June 2021.

Wells had worked alongside Parker at previous club Fulham where he had been first-team coach since 2019.

The duo share similar footballing philosophies and principles and first met during their time together at Tottenham Hotspur.

Parker and Wells were both schooled as coaches at Hotspur Way, as were Cherries backroom team members Rob Burch, Jonathan Hill and Charlie Moore.

Described by Parker as “an incredible coach”, Wells spent 11 years on the books at Tottenham as a player, starting out in their academy when he was nine.

Wells is the grandson of Tottenham legend Cliff Jones, who spent ten years at White Hart Lane before joining Fulham for two seasons from 1968, while great uncle Bryn Jones made over a century of appearances for the Cherries in the 1950s and 1960s.

A central midfielder, Wells’s playing career was blighted by injury and he decided to focus on coaching when he was in his late teens.

He completed his UEFA B Licence by the age of 20 and shadowed distinguished coaches John McDermott and Alex Inglethorpe during his time at Spurs.

Wells took up a coaching post at Stevenage and then the Nike Academy before taking charge of Tottenham’s under-23s alongside the late Ugo Ehiogu.

It was a position he held for three years before he first linked up with Parker, assisting him with Tottenham’s under-18s during the 2017-18 season.

Following Parker’s return to Fulham, Wells took full responsibility of the team at the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

He reunited with Parker at Craven Cottage in March 2019 and played his part as the Cottagers won promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in 2020.

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