Cherries skipper Miles Addison is urging the club’s board of directors to take its time in appointing a successor to Paul Groves.

Addison was speaking earlier today as the club continued its search for a replacement for Groves who was relieved of his duties yesterday.

Appointed captain at the start of the season, Addison was the only player to start all 20 games under Groves’s caretaker and permanent stewardship.

Signed by Groves in the summer, the 24-year-old former Derby defender also saw Lee Bradbury part company with Cherries during a loan spell at Dean Court last season.

Asked by the Daily Echo what he wanted to see in a new manager, Addison replied: “I would just urge the board and the directors to take their time with the decision. I don’t think a quick, hasty decision is going to help anyone at the moment.

“I think this group of players needs someone strong and very aggressive in the way they want to go about their work. I think it needs someone who is going to put down their foot from day one and show the group what they are about.”

Asked whether he felt an experienced manager would be required, Addison replied: “Yes. People on the outside are looking at us as a massive club in League One with regards to the investment.

“The club is growing and a big club needs an experienced man at the top to lead it. Maybe someone who has been there and done it before would suit the criteria. It definitely needs someone with experience who can have a look at it from top to bottom and knows what needs to be done.”

Addison admitted the players had to shoulder their share of the blame for the departure of Groves and assistant Shaun Brooks.

He said: “I am disappointed it didn’t work out for them and the players have definitely got to take a lot of the blame.

“With the squad we have got and the investment, we shouldn’t be 19th in the table. We should be around the play-offs.”

Addison, speaking ahead of Cherries’ trip to Coventry on Saturday, signed off another candid and honest interview when he said the time had come for the players to start delivering the goods.

“It is a great opportunity for us to get a win on the board,” said Addison. “The supporters have been coming to away games and, in a way, we have felt sorry for them when we leave the pitch because they deserve so much more.

“But it is a waste of time me saying that as I am sure they are sick of hearing it. I am getting sick of hearing it from the players and am sick of saying it myself so it is about time we stopped the talking and produced it on the pitch.”