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AFC Bournemouth: West Ham link can continue to flourish says Tindall
JASON Tindall is confident Cherries will continue to forge close links with West Ham despite the loss of one of their best contacts – his father, Jimmy.
Tindall’s dad had been youth development officer and part of the much-vaunted Academy at Upton Park for more than 20 years before retiring last week.
Cherries’ long-standing association with the Hammers was rekindled by the recent loan signings of midfielder Jack Collison and goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.
The pair added their names to a long list of players to have headed to Dorset from East London, with strong links between the clubs going back many years.
Cherries benefited during Harry Redknapp’s time as manager at West Ham, with Steve Jones and Matt Holland both signing permanently and Rio Ferdinand and Jermain Defoe enjoying fruitful loan spells at Dean Court.
And Tindall, who hailed as “two fantastic signings” the addition of Collison and Henderson, says he and Cherries boss Eddie Howe are keen to maintain the relationship.
Assistant manager Tindall, who lodged with Defoe during his stay with Cherries in 2000-01, told the Daily Echo: “It is important to use your contacts in this game and having links with a Premier League club can benefit both parties.
“If you can build a strong relationship and bring in players who are going to enhance your squad, it can only be a good thing. It also gives the loaning club an opportunity for players to play first-team football and fast-track their development.
“We try to play the right way and have a philosophy we stick to and believe in. West Ham have an excellent reputation for bringing players through and their Academy is one of the best in the country. Our relationship with them has flourished down the years and the list of players they have produced is endless.
“My dad was responsible for players from seven through to the youth team and he saw the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Elliott Ward progress. In more recent years, the list has included Mark Noble and Jack Collison.
“Ian Hendon, who works closely with Sam Allardyce, was a player under my dad and I know him very well. We have strong links with West Ham.
“My dad retired, partly because he wanted to watch a lot more of our games and also so he could spend more time with the grandchildren. One thing is for sure though – when you have been at a club for that long and played a major role in helping to build such a successful Academy, you will never lose your connections.
“We can’t thank them enough for letting us have Jack and Stephen. We owe them a great debt of gratitude because they made it happen and, without Sam and the people we know there, it would never have been possible.”
They played for both - players with Cherries and West Ham links (since 1994)
Steve Jones – played a starring role in the 94-95 escape from relegation after signing from West Ham for £150,000. Hit 26 goals in 74 games before rejoining the Hammers in May 1996. Had a loan spell at Dean Court in 97-98.
Matt Holland – signed from West Ham following a successful loan spell in 94-95 and went on to captain the team and win the player-of-the-year award in 95-96. Also captain, he scored 18 times in 104 games before joining Ipswich in a club record £800,000 deal in 97.
Jamie Victory – a former young player of the year at Upton Park, he scored once in 20 appearances during 95-96 before joining Cheltenham.
Paul Mitchell – progressed through the ranks at Dean Court before joining the Hammers in 1992. Returned in 95-96 and made four appearances for Cherries. Currently works for the PFA covering most home games.
Scott Mean – came through the ranks at Dean Court and played 74 times before signing for the Hammers following a loan spell in 96. Returned to Cherries in 99.
Rio Ferdinand – made 10 appearances during a loan spell in 96-97.
Dale Gordon – made 16 appearances in 96-97 and served the club in a coaching capacity.
Mark Watson – made 15 appearances in 96-97 after arriving as part of the Steve Jones deal.
Manny Omoyimni – played seven times during a loan spell in 96-97 before going on to hit the headlines by turning out for both Gillingham and West Ham in the League Cup. The Hammers were subsequently kicked out of the competition.
Terrell Forbes – made three appearances during a loan spell in 99 and earned the unkind nickname ‘Terrible’.
Peter Grant – made 15 appearances between 2000 and 2002, serving the club as player-coach and assistant manager to Sean O’Driscoll. Joined West Ham as Alan Pardew’s number two with the promise of a friendly part of the deal.
Stephen Purches – signed on a free in 2000 and went on to become one of the club’s leading appearance makers. Currently combining his playing role with coaching the development squad.
Stevland Angus – made nine appearances during a loan spell in 2000, the last of which saw him subbed after being culpable for all three goals in a 3-2 defeat at Brentford.
Jermain Defoe – arguably the best loan signing in the club’s history, the striker hit 18 goals in 29 games, including the famous 10 in a row, as Cherries just missed out on making the play-offs in 2001.
Amos Foyewa – made one start and seven appearances from the bench during 2001-02, his time blighted by a broken leg.
Marek Stech – lined up in a 5-0 defeat at Morecambe in December 09 and was man of the match despite shipping five.
Anthony Edgar – one of the few loan signings made during the dark days of the embargo, he played three times before a bid to re-sign him was blocked by the Football League.
Jack Collison and Stephen Henderson - both played their part in Cherries' 5-2 win over Millwall earlier this month after signing on loan.
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