JASON Tindall begins his first week as Cherries boss today after being named as Eddie Howe's successor on Saturday.

Tindall has a long association with the club, first arriving as a player in 1998 before going on to serve as Howe's long-term assistant manager.

But he will now take on a host of new responsibilities in the top job and admitted at the weekend "there's a lot of stuff that needs to be done".

With just a week to go until players return to the training ground for pre-season ahead of the Championship campaign beginning on September 12, Tindall will have to work quickly to get things into place.

Here are a few of the key issues the new boss will have to address this week.

Select a number two

Bournemouth Echo:

Having worked for so long as an assistant manager himself, Tindall will know better than most just how important his right-hand man is going to be for the challenge ahead.

Aside from a stint as player-manager at non-league Weymouth more than a decade ago, this is Tindall's first job solely focusing on the management of a team.

He does have options within the club when it comes to choosing his number two. First-team coach Stephen Purches, a former team-mate of Tindall's at Cherries, has been touted for the role having been highly spoken of by many members of the squad.

Club legend Steve Fletcher could be another option, having taken on the role of assistant under Lee Bradbury back in 2011, the last time Howe departed.

Alternatively, the likes of Bradbury and Harry Redknapp have in recent days suggested Tindall could benefit from bringing in an external and experienced option to work alongside him.

The Daily Echo understands decisions over the make-up of the backroom staff are expected this week.

Make decision over trio

Bournemouth Echo:

Tindall will have little time to settle into his seat before he is faced with three big decisions.

The club have already lost decades of experience in Artur Boruc, who has joined Legia Warsaw on a free transfer earlier this month. Loyal and trusty trio Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels and Andrew Surman all signed short-term extensions to their existing Cherries contracts to run until the end of the 2019-20 season, but all three are now currently free agents.

All three have made no secret of their desire to stay but Tindall will have to weigh up whether Francis (35), Surman (33) and Daniels (33) can still make key contributions to warrant new contracts, despite having started just 14 league games between them in the last campaign.

The Daily Echo understands Tindall, chief executive Neill Blake and technical director Richard Hughes will sit down for discussions with the trio to discuss their futures.

Discuss which of the star players he can keep

Bournemouth Echo:

As well as suffering relegation and seeing boss Howe depart, Cherries also lost one of their best players last week when Nathan Ake joined Manchester City.

While the club made a good return, bringing in £41million for the Dutchman, fans fear his departure could be the first of many.

Joshua King, Callum Wilson and David Brooks have all been heavily linked with moves away, while Sheffield United are reportedly set to return with another bid for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after Cherries rejected around £12million for the 22-year-old last week.

Tindall will need assurances from those above him quickly as to which players he will be able to keep and which are likely to move on so he can begin to plan his side for the start of the campaign.

Work out where the squad needs strengthening

Bournemouth Echo:

There has been plenty of talk about possible departures, but Cherries will need to add players to their squad if they are to mount a serious challenge for promotion from the Championship.

Exactly who they need will depend largely on who departs, but either way Tindall should have some positions in mind which need reinforcements having worked day-to-day with the group for the past eight years.

A big factor will again come from exactly how much money Tindall will have to spend. Cherries, like every club, are feeling the effects of having no matchday supporters due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but having brought in a hefty sum for Ake as well as future possible sales, Tindall will no doubt be hoping some of that can be redistributed to the playing squad.