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Cherries: Ex-Saints coach Rofe in line for Dean Court role
Cherries manager Paul Groves is understood to have enlisted the services of former Southampton coach Dennis Rofe.
Rofe, who occupied various capacities on the Saints backroom staff during three separate spells, looks set to join Cherries as their new first-team coach.
The 62-year-old would bring a wealth of experience to Dean Court, working alongside new boss Groves and his assistant Shaun Brooks.
Groves has made no secret of his desire to enhance his management structure and highly-decorated coach Rofe would appear to fit the bill perfectly.
Earlier this month, Groves said he was looking to bring onboard coaches for both the first team and a newly-formed development squad, with the recruits likely to be external appointments.
“All the coaches will share responsibility to a degree but there will be one assigned to the development squad and there will be three of us with the first-team squad,” said Groves.
Hampshire-based Rofe is understood to have been tempted away by Groves from his position as regional youth development officer for the Football League.
In a 16-year playing career, Rofe made around 550 appearances for Orient, Leicester, Chelsea and Southampton and was also capped at under-23 level by England.
A £112,000 move from Orient to Leicester in 1972 saw him become the most expensive full-back in British football, Rofe going on to play 290 games for the Foxes.
His first coaching appointment came in 1984 under Chris Nicholl at Southampton before he took over as manager at Bristol Rovers seven years later.
A brief stint at Stoke saw him take the reserve team reins before a return to Southampton as youth team coach was followed by Rofe joining the backroom staff at Fulham.
Rofe rejoined Southampton for a third spell in April 1998, progressing from Academy coach to reserve team coach and then first-team coach, under Stuart Gray in March 2001.
He served Saints as first-team coach and assistant boss as the club had a rapid turnover of managers and was alongside Gordon Strachan when Saints reached the FA Cup final in 2003.
Dismissed following George Burley’s appointment in December 2005, Rofe worked in national and local radio as a match summariser before taking up a post with the Football League where his path will have crossed with Groves and Brooks while they were in the youth ranks at Dean Court.
Meanwhile, former Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood is the latest name to have been linked with a move to Dean Court.
The strapping six-footer is believed to be on Cherries radar, with boss Groves understood to be on the search for a frontman with physical presence.
Harewood, the subject of around £5m in transfer fees during his career, spent the second half of last season with Nottingham Forest, the club he joined as a schoolboy.