Date: 25th February 2017 at 5:41pm
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has promoted development coach Stephen Purches to his first team back room staff.

Purches took his place alongside Eddie Howe, assistant manager Jason Tindall and first team coach Simon Weatherstone for the first time for the Cherries trip to West Bromwich Albion.

Purches had two spells as a player at Dean Court, the second ending after he broke his leg which sidelined him for around 16 months.

He would eventually be announced as a player-coach in July 2013 and would go on to takeover the AFC Bournemouth development squad following the departure of Chris Hargreaves.

Purches already holds an UEFA A coaching license and is working towards the UEFA Pro license.

With Purches moving on to first team duties, former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Mark Molesley will takeover the AFC Bournemouth development squad.

After Molesley’s playing career at Dean Court ended in 2013 he returned to the south coast in August 2015 as an Under 15’s academy coach.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo

“…He has really learned his trade so I think it is only right. We felt we needed more support in that area and we turned to him.

“Whenever you see someone who you think has a really good football brain and a really good understanding of the game, naturally, if they work hard enough they will have a good career.

“I think Purchy will have a good career in coaching, wherever that takes him. But we’re delighted to add him to the first-team staff.”

Your Say…

wimborne cherries wrote…

Anyone who what experience either of these chaps have in running a Premier Leaguer under 21 team? Purches’s coaching has hardly been a success judging by the complete lack of under 21 players looking like their anywhere near the first team.

Eddie is too stubborn/loyal on and off the pitch
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