Jason Tindall revealed how “quiet” the AFC Bournemouth dressing room has been this season, shortly before the 43-year-old was sacked last night.
Bournemouth are currently embarking on a dismal run of form at the moment, and their grip on the automatic promotion places has loosened.
The Cherries have lost their last four games in the Sky Bet Championship, and have subsequently dropped down to sixth place.
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Following a 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, Tindall was relieved of his duties by the club.
Shortly before his dismissal, the 43-year-old revealed to the Bournemouth Echo how “quiet” his group of players had been all season, prompting him into signing the likes of Shane Long and Ben Pearson in the transfer window.
He said: “We’re such a quiet group. Even Jonathan Woodgate’s been here just a few days and one of the things he said – and he said to even the lads in there, this is probably the quietest dressing room he’s ever known in terms of a group of players and characters.
“With the dressing rooms he’s been in and the experience he’s got as a player – and coaching experience, it was interesting to hear him say.
“It’s something that I know – hence why I wanted to add players like Shane Long and Ben Pearson because I know that’s what this group need.
“They need those type of players that are going to have a voice on the pitch, have a voice in the changing room and work their socks off.”
Bournemouth host Birmingham City at the Vitality Stadium this weekend, where they will hope to get back to winning ways and potentially have a new manager in place.
This is quite surprising to hear, as Bournemouth have a lot of experienced players in their squad.
They kept hold of some big characters in the summer, with the likes of Steve Cook, Asmir Begovic and Lewis Cook all staying. Jack Wilshere and Shane Long have also been brought in.
But they need someone who can stand up and be counted for and have a moan and groan when things aren’t going well. You cannot afford to shy away, and it makes me wonder if part of that comes from the manager and I wonder if he did enough or not.