Port Vale hero, Stoke City legend and Crewe boss among bookies’ outsiders for Bournemouth job #Bournemouth

Port Vale hero, Stoke City legend and Crewe boss among bookies’ outsiders for Bournemouth job




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Port Vale hero Gareth Ainsworth, former Stoke boss Tony Pulis and Crewe manager Dave Artell are among the bookies outsiders for the Bournemouth job after Eddie Howe left by mutual consent.

Ainsworth has done a terrific job with Wycombe Wanderers, leading them to promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history, following their play-off final win over Oxford last month.

That earned him plenty of best wishes from Port Vale supporters who still fondly remember him on the wing at Vale Park.

John Rudge bought him from Lincoln for £500,000 in 1997 – and Ainsworth made such an impression that he was sold to then Premier League Wimbledon for £2m just 14 months later. 

He is rated a 16/1 shot for the Bournemouth job by Sky Bet, as is Pulis, the manager who led Stoke City to promotion, an FA Cup final and Europe.

Pulis has already managed Bournemouth, his first club in management, from 1992-94. 

Crewe manager Artell who led the club to automatic promotion from League Two this past season, is rated 20/1.

Howe’s exit from Bournemouth was confirmed on Saturday. They will be kicking off the new season in the Championship after they were relegated on the final day of the Premier League.

Howe, who made over 300 appearances for the club as a player and masterminded their rise from League One to the top flight, penned a heartfelt open letter to supporters following the news of his decision.

He said: “Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and a manager this decision – made together with the club – is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make.

“However, although the affection and love I have for this football club will always remain, we collectively feel that now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction.

“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that now is the right time for the club to have a change.

“I have always ensured that every decision I have ever made as manager has been in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and this is no different.”

The odds for the next permanent Bournemouth manager from Sky Bet are

Jason Tindall 4/7, Lee Johnson 6/1, Chris Hughton 9/1, John Terry 10/1, Danny Cowley 12/1, Paul Cook 12/1, Stephen Purches 14/1, Alex Neil 16/1, Gareth Ainsworth 16/1, Joey Barton 16/1, Karl Robinson, 16/1, Kenny Jackett 16/1, Lee Bowyer 16/1, Nigel Adkins 16/1, Nigel Clough 16/1, Nigel Pearson 16/1, Paul Tisdale 16/1, Ralf Rangnick, 16/1, Scott Parker 16/1, Steven Gerrard 16/1, Tony Pulis 16/1, Dave Artell 20/1.

* Odds correct as of lunchtime, Sunday August 2



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