Six years ago this month, Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall “came back” to AFC Bournemouth from Burnley.
The Cherries at the time were in the relegation zone of League One, six months later they were promoted to the second tier of English football for only the second time in the clubs history. Two years after that, AFC Bournemouth won that division and with it promotion to the Premier League.
It has been a well documented and astounding rise and that was only the second spell at Dean Court for Howe and Tindall.
In February it will be ten years since those legendary 26 minutes in four days against Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham, with the Cherries battling for survival at the foot of the Football League pyramid, starring oblivion in the face following a 17 point deduction.
Tindall had been AFC Bournemouth assistant manager since Jimmy Quinn was installed as manager following the sacking of Kevin Bond. But whilst Quinn only lasted 101 days, Tindall was kept on at the request of Howe when he took over on New Years Eve 2008.
Two months later and due to a transfer embargo and injury crisis, Tindall was forced out of retirement to play. The now famous Mark Molesley goal at Dagenham, the assist came from Tindall.
But now Tindall is more famous for assisting Howe, the longest-serving managerial duo in the Premier League.
AFC Bournemouth somewhat punched through the glass ceiling with promotion and survival in England’s top tier. Now they are looking to not only secure a fifth season in the Premier League but potentially a record-setting finish.
AFC Bournemouth assistant manager Jason Tindall told The Guardian…
“…We don’t want to put any kind of limits on it, saying we’re never going to do this or that; each year we’re striving to be better.
“It’s almighty tough to try to break into that top six – and I’m not saying that’s where we’re aiming, because we haven’t spoken about it. But when you talk about Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham – to try and get anywhere near them is incredibly difficult. We find ourselves amongst them at this minute in time through hard work…”
“…I never thought for one moment the journey would pan out the way it has, And who knows what the next 10 years is going to hold for this football club? Hopefully it’s more of the same. If not better.”
Jason Tindall is working wonders too without a doubt. It’s good he’s recognised, as he’s often under the radar apart from when commissioned by Eddie to chat nicely with the 4th official…! I can think of a few successful management setups in the past where the assistant is barely mentioned, but it works brilliantly. – Join the conversation, click here.