STEPHEN Purches has been appointed as Cherries' new assistant manager.

Formerly a first-team coach at the club, Purches has stepped up to work under new boss Jason Tindall, who himself worked as assistant for the past eight years under Eddie Howe.

Purches, 40, made 315 appearances for Cherries and scored 13 goals during his playing days across two spells from 2000 to 2007 and 2010 to 2014.

Tindall has also brought in an experienced face from outside the club, hiring Graeme Jones in a coaching role.

Jones, 50, worked under Roberto Martinez at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Everton and Belgium.

He then moved onto West Bromwich Albion under Darren Moore and then became manager of Luton Town in May 2019 for their first season back in the Championship.

Jones was replaced as boss in April with the Hatters battling against relegation, leaving by mutual consent with the club 23rd in the table.

Cherries legends Steve Fletcher and Neil Moss continue in their roles as first-team coaches, alongside Anthony White and Simon Weatherstone.

The Daily Echo understands Hugo Faria has left the club following the expiration of his contract over the summer.

“I’m delighted to confirm my coaching staff," boss Tindall told the Cherries website.

“Stephen is someone I have known for a very long time and he fully deserves this opportunity to step up to become our assistant manager.

“He is an outstanding coach with a great attention to detail, and since being involved in the first team set-up he has really developed and proven himself.

“I am also delighted to bring Graeme to the club. His pedigree is unquestionable and that experience and expertise can only stand us in good stead going forward.

“Graeme likes to play the game in the right way and has fresh ideas which we are looking forward to implementing on the training ground.”