After their play-off semi-final collapse against Brentford at the weekend, Bournemouth are set to replace Jonathan Woodgate as their manager, per Football Insider.
Woodgate was named as the caretaker boss at Dean Court in February, just days after arriving at the Cherries as an assistant coach to Jason Tindall before he was sacked.
The former Real Madrid defender was given the job until the end of the season and he oversaw a seven-game winning streak which secured Bournemouth’s place in the end of season play-offs.
But after going 2-0 up on aggregate early in the second leg, a red card to Chris Mepham turned the game on its head and it’s the Bees who are going to Wembley and not Bournemouth.
That looks likely to be Woodgate’s last match in charge of the club, and you’d imagine they’ll be looking for someone a bit more proven to take over in the dugout – let’s look at three managers who could be considered to replace the 41-year-old.
As a former Bournemouth player, Lampard seems like he would be the most obvious target to try and lead the Cherries back to the top flight.
Lampard has had an interesting managerial career already, swapping Derby for Chelsea after just one season and guiding them to fourth place last season, but after a £200 million spending spree in the summer, the Blues had dropped to ninth position in December and Lampard was given his marching orders.
You would have thought that Lampard was waiting for a Premier League job and he was believed to be a top target to replace Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace, but with half of their squad out of contract this summer, Lampard reportedly took himself out of contention with fears over the scale of the rebuild.
There could be similar concerns at Bournemouth this summer – a lot of their top players will have their eyes on moves to the Premier League and the club could make a lot in player sales this summer – would Lampard want to come into a job like that?
His past links to the club, as well as his uncle Harry Redknapp who is a familiar face at Dean Court, will mean that he will be linked but whether he wants to go back down to the Championship is another matter.
Can you name the AFC Bournemouth player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
Sheffield United are believed to be in the running for Jokanovic, but if they’re quick enough then Bournemouth could steal a march over their potential promotion rivals for 2021/22.
The Serb has two promotions from the Championship to his name with Watford and Fulham, but you could argue he wasn’t given a real fair crack of the whip at the Cottagers when they were in the Premier League.
He still has lots of pedigree though for the level that Bournemouth are currently at and he knows how to get results – he has been in Qatar for the last two seasons at Al-Gharafa and is still under contract to them but he’d surely consider a return to England to potentially have another crack at the Premier League.
After leaving West Brom following confirmation of their relegation back to the Championship, Allardyce is now a free agent and even though he’s been a short-term manager at times, he could really build something at Bournemouth.
He would have the funds to strengthen the team, assuming that a few big players do leave for decent fees, and everyone knows he’s a manager that can create a winning formula – even if the style of football at times can be less-than attractive.
Allardyce hasn’t managed in the Championship since he was at West Ham United in 2012, but now could be the time for him to try and put another promotion on his CV.