Date: 19th August 2020 at 6:28am
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Newly appointed AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has finalised his backroom team.

It was never entirely clear why there was such a delay in Tindall naming his new assistant manager and coaching staff, it is possible that Mark Molesley had been in contention for a promotion from AFC Bournemouth Under-21 set-up, however, he has since been named manager of Southend United.

So on Tuesday the news finally came through that Stephen Purches, as had been widely expected was named as AFC Bournemouth assistant manager.

Purches has been part of the AFC Bournemouth coaching set-up since 2013, firstly with the development squad, before moving on to more senior roles, he received the UEFA Pro Licence in 2018 and former AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has previously said that he believes Purches could become a future manager.

It was also announced that Graeme Jones has joined the coaching staff alongside Simon Weatherstone and Steve Fletcher.

The goalkeeping department of Neil Moss and Anthony White also remains unchanged, however, the Daily Echo have claimed that Portuguese coach Hugo Faria has left the club following the expiration of his contract over the summer.

Faria joined the Cherries in 2018, he boasted a UEFA A Coaching License and was also able to speak various languages, something that was thought to be a benefit to Eddie Howe’s backroom staff with Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma in particular.

Jones joins the Cherries having most recently been manager of Championship side Luton Town. The 50-year-old is more well known for his role as coach alongside Roberto Martinez at Swansea, Wigan, Everton and national side Belgium. All sides well known for their passing and attacking styles.

AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told

“I’m delighted to confirm my coaching staff.

“Stephen is someone I have known for a very long time and he fully deserves this opportunity to step up to become our assistant manager.

“He is an outstanding coach with a great attention to detail, and since being involved in the first team set-up he has really developed and proven himself.

“I am also delighted to bring Graeme to the club. His pedigree is unquestionable and that experience and expertise can only stand us in good stead going forward.

“Graeme likes to play the game in the right way and has fresh ideas which we are looking forward to implementing on the training ground.”

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stevethepirate65 wrote…

Definitely an interesting appointment. Knows the division (and worked with some top players for Everton and Belgium) worked with Martinez for years as well, who encouraged a decent style of football.

Not displeased by Purches’ appointment either, as expected as it was. Feeling a bit more positive today. – Join the conversation, click here.

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