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Bournemouth confirm Lee Bradbury as manager

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury
Bradbury took temporary charge when Eddie Howe left

Bournemouth have confirmed Lee Bradbury as their new manager, with Steve Fletcher as his assistant, on two-and-half-year deals.

Bradbury took temporary charge of the Cherries when Eddie Howe left to manage Burnley this month.

"We're really pleased to be appointed on a permanent basis," he told BBC Radio Solent. "I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and giving it 100%."

The 35-year-old former Manchester City striker has now retired as a player.

Bradbury, who took charge of his first game against Rochdale on 18 January, added: "We've had backing from the chairman behind the scenes, and now we want to finish what we've started and try to get promoted.

"This opportunity was one I couldn't let pass me by. Eddie and Jason [Tindall] did fantastically well here, and now it's our time to make an impact."

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It has also been announced that 38-year-old club captain Fletcher will continue playing.

"Fletch has been a really big help and, on the playing side, remains a big threat," Bradbury said.

"With the team we've got, we have the best chance of being successful."



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