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Take, for example, Jonathan Woodgate, who was in the right place at the right time when Middlesbrough split from Tony Pulis in the summer of 2019

Woodgate had been part of Pulis’ coaching build-up, and despite facing great competition for the role, the rookie boss was chosen as Boro’s new permanent head coach

It didn’t quite work out for Woodgate, who had been out of work since losing his Boro job in June until a week ago

Meanwhile, Graeme Jones’ decision to swap Bournemouth for Newcastle meant an opportunity on the south coast for the former, who later named Woodgate as the new first-team coach

Woodgate’s role was instantly elevated to janitorial manager, an opportunity he grasped with both hands He led the cherries to an entertaining 3-2 league win over Birmingham and outsmarted Sean Dyches Premier League Burnley in the FA Cup on Tuesday night

Woodgate made history by taking its new employers to the quarterfinals for the first time in 64 years, repeating the performance of former boss Freddie Cox in 1957

“I love winning games and that is the most important thing for the football club to develop,” Woodgate told the Bournemouth Echo after starting out as a winner

“Truth be told, you can’t enjoy a win that much. I’m on the bus watching another game to prepare for it – when I’m told to prepare for it

“You have to be prepared and that was what we did in the two games I think it’s important to do that again”

“If we are responsible for the forest game, we will give everything we have””

It is of course common for performance to improve and results to improve after a change in leadership, especially if a club was previously in poor form

While eyebrows were raised when the club decided to appoint Woodgate as caretaker so soon after arriving, he deserves praise for making an instant impression on his new surroundings

Bournemouth’s priority will be to find a permanent replacement for Tindall, which has been harder said than done this season for some of their championship rivals who have had a frustrating time after deciding to change managers

For example, after Phillip Cocu left Derby County, Derby County spent an age worrying about potential candidates before ultimately deciding to give interim chief Wayne Rooney his first permanent management position

It’s now been more than six weeks since they fired Tony Pulis – after ten games – and yet Sheffield Wednesday hasn’t named their third campaign boss All signs are currently pointing to caretaker Neil Thompson who is now as short as 1/4 in the bets

Right now, however, Bournemouth are a far more attractive prospect than the two clubs above, both of whom are struggling to survive as the Cherries are in sixth place and aiming for a return to the Premier League

Woodgate critics will point to his disappointing first leadership role at Middlesbrough last season, which in fairness did not go quite according to plan

It is important, however, not to judge a manager by a solitary spell. If that were the case, a number of brilliant managers would never have had a future in the game

For example, Real Benitez has played 23 games in his first management job at Real Valladolid, Arsene Wenger was relegated at Nancy, while Antonio Conte won none of his nine league games at Arezzo, which resulted in the sack

While Bournemouth originally stated that they wanted to “identify and conduct complete and thorough due diligence on suitable outside candidates,” Woodgate’s promising start could well have driven him into the dispute

He is currently available with William Hill at 6/1, after beating Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor by 9/1

Current front runner John Terry has impressed in his role as assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, but has less management experience on his résumé than Woodgate

Frank Lampard is not believed to be interested in returning so soon after leaving Chelsea, while former Cherries boss Tony Pulis is unlikely to return

David Wagner is undoubtedly an outstanding candidate, although his shocking death on Schalke could work against him

Like Wagner, Nigel Pearson is a past promotion winner, despite having played an average of 30 games per tenure in each of his last three clubs

The unrelated duo Danny Cowley and Paul Cook might both be interested in the job, but the bets suggest that at 20/1 neither boss will be in the mix – this can change quickly of course

A permanent appointment is priority, but should the search become problematic, Bournemouth could look inward – as they did with both Eddie Howe and Tindall despite both being former players – and decide to give Woodgate the job on short notice to give fixed-term contract until the end of the season

Meanwhile, the 41-year-old, who has received unofficial help from Harry Redknapp, cannot harm his own chances by taking advantage of the current situation to lead the cherries to a third straight win on Saturday at the Nottingham Forest

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