JONATHAN Woodgate said he was focused on working “as hard as I can” for Cherries’ final five league games, when asked about his own future position at the club going forward.

The Nunthorpe-born boss was appointed as head coach at Cherries back in February, following the sacking of Jason Tindall.

Initially brought in as a first-team coach under Tindall to replace Graeme Jones, who had departed to join Newcastle, Woodgate found himself in caretaker charge after just three days at the club.

Having then signed a deal until the end of the season to lead the team, the 41-year-old only has five regulation league games left on his current contract at Vitality Stadium.

But Woodgate insists his main focus at present is steering the Dorset club to a top-six finish in the Championship.

Asked about his own position in terms of the job going forward, the former England centre-back replied: “I’m here until the end of the season and I’ll do a job until the end of the season.

“Whether that’s getting in the play-offs or whatever, I’ll work as hard as I can for the football club.”

Woodgate has impressed since stepping into the hotseat at Vitality Stadium, winning 10 of his 16 games in charge in all competitions.

Tuesday’s 2-1 success at Huddersfield was the Dorset club’s fifth Championship success in a row and saw them move up to fifth spot in the league table.

The win also saw Woodgate record more victories in his time at Cherries than in his 41-game reign at the helm in his previous job at Middlesbrough.

“At the minute, we are doing okay,” added the Cherries head coach.

“We’ve got five big games to go and hopefully on to the play-offs. So we’ll see.”

Cherries are set to make the trip to runaway league leaders Norwich on Saturday (8pm), the Canaries know a win would seal their promotion back to the top flight.