Woodgate confirms he has not interviewed for Cherries job

Woodgate confirms he has not interviewed for Cherries job

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CARETAKER boss Jonathan Woodgate said he would speak with Cherries’ board this evening as to whether he would be in charge against Queens Park Rangers – but confirmed he had not interviewed for the managerial position. 

The 41-year-old led the Dorset club to the third win of his temporary tenure during tonight’s 1-0 victory over Rotherham at Vitality Stadium.

Asked whether he would be in charge at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, Woodgate said: “I’m sure I will speak to the board of directors after this game and see what happens.

“At the moment, I don’t really know so I can’t give you any information on that.

“I was in charge for the past four games. I’ve won three, drawn one with three clean sheets.

“Okay, today wasn’t for the purist but it was a battle and my players matched them and that was the most pleasing thing about it.”

He added: “Being honest with you – I have no idea. I will speak to them (the board) and they will say ‘yeah take Saturday’, or what’s happening.

“They are going through a process to try to get the right manager in. I have no idea who that is.”

The Daily Echo understands the club have been interviewing potential candidates this week, having narrowed down an extensive list of applications to a more manageable shortlist.

It is understood Thierry Henry, now favourite with the bookmakers, has not been interviewed but the club would be interested to speak to him, if permitted.

Asked for his thoughts on Henry being linked, Woodgate replied: “So has David Wagner, so has Patrick Vieira, so has Eddie Howe, so has a lot of different managers.

“Managers get linked with different posts. How much money does it take to change a market in betting? Not that much.

“If someone gets a sniff that it’s Thierry Henry, they’ll go and put a few quid on. They will tell their mate, they’ll go and put a few quid on and that’s when the prices start dropping. So, who knows?”

Asked to clarify whether he had sat down with the board and interviewed for the job, Woodgate replied: “No.”