Bournemouth have appointed Jason Tindall as their new manager following the departure of Eddie Howe.
Tindall, Howe’s long-serving assistant, had been in interim charge of the Cherries. They will start next season in the Championship after their five-year Premier League adventure ended.
The 42-year-old, who has served the club for more than 18 years as a player and coach, has signed a three-year contract.
Howe and Tindall guided the Dorset side to three promotions in six seasons and the latter insists he would be “a fool” to tear up that winning template.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be the manager of such a great football club,” Tindall told afcbTV.
“Given the success of the club over the last 12 years, with Eddie in charge and me by his side, I’m not going to come in and rip everything up and start again. I would be a fool to do that.
“But I’m my own person with my own ideas and I will be looking to implement them as soon as we get back on the training ground.
“I know the Championship is a very tough league. My aim is to get this club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
“This is a challenge that I feel I’m ready for and one I’m looking forward to.”
Tindall given Bournemouth assurances
The Cherries have already sold Dutch defender Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £41million.
But Tindall has been reassured he will have a “talented squad” at his disposal when the new campaign begins.
Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin said: “Jason has played a huge role in this club’s success over the last decade. He fully deserves to step up and become our new manager.
“While his knowledge of and passion for the club is unquestionable, he was the standout candidate for this role.
“He has huge enthusiasm for the project and great ideas to get the best out of a talented squad.
“This is the start of a new era for this football club and I’m excited about what the future holds.”