PROMOTION-winning boss Chris Kamara has told Lee Bradbury that his man-management skills could hold the key to Cherries’ play-off dream.

Popular pundit Kamara knows exactly what it takes to guide a team to Wembley play-off glory – because he did it with Bradford City in 1996.

Just as Cherries are aiming to do this season, Kamara’s Bantams crept into the top six of the third tier by a point before defeating Notts County 2-0 at the national stadium in front of almost 40,000 spectators.

The 54-year-old’s stint in management came after he had made more than 700 appearances in a playing career that started in a similar manner to Bradbury’s when he swapped life in the Forces for football with Portsmouth.

And Kamara has offered words of advice for Bradbury as he bids to mastermind Cherries’ promotion from League One.

Kamara told the Daily Echo: “The key to all of it is team spirit and the players themselves.

“You can get more out of players if they are happy and happy together as a team.

“If there are chinks in the armour, people who are not happy and people who are disgruntled, you have to get them out the way as soon as you can.

“I am sure Lee is learning by the day that the man-management thing, especially in this day and age, is more important than it has ever been because people are weak.

“Not everybody because we are all different but, in general, people are weak and that determination and desire is slightly waning, if you start picking up people on their faults. Sometimes, you have got to ignore their faults and just look at their strengths and try to work on them to make them perform better.”

Recalling Bradford’s play-off success, Kamara added: “We got into the play-offs and the hardest thing was against Blackpool in the semi-finals.

“We were 2-0 down from the home leg and we were the first team, in those days, to come back and win 3-2 in the 90 minutes.

“I looked at the teams, and ourselves and Blackpool were the two strongest. I always thought we would beat Notts County in the final and, thankfully, we did.”

Kamara will be in Bournemouth next month when the Sky Sports Soccer Saturday panel visits the Bournemouth International Centre’s Windsor Hall for their Soccer Monday with Jeff Stelling live show.

Stelling and Kamara will be joined by Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas for the event on Monday, March 19.

Tickets are on sale now. Call BH live tickets on 0844 576 3000, book online at or visit the ticket office in person.