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By ESPN Staff

Ex-Newcastle assistant Bond gets Cherries job

Former Newcastle assistant boss Kevin Bond, who was fired by the Magpies last month in the fall-out from the Panorama programme on alleged corruption, has been appointed manager of League One side Bournemouth.

The 49-year-old, who made more than 100 appearances for the Cherries as a player, replaces Sean O'Driscoll after he quit to take over at Doncaster four weeks ago.

Bond, who was Harry Redknapp's number two at Portsmouth during the time of the Panorama investigation, joined Newcastle in July but had his contract terminated after the BBC programme recorded him allegedly saying he would consider discussing payments from an agent.

Bond has strenuously denied any wrongdoing and announced he will take legal action.

In the meantime, he was interviewed twice by Bournemouth chairman Abdul Jaffer and has now landed his first league managerial role, taking over a Cherries side currently lying 15th in the table and without a win in six games.

The former England `B' defender beat ex-Derby boss Phil Brown and veteran Barnet midfielder Andy Hessenthaler to the vacancy after joint-caretaker bosses Stuart Murdoch and Joe Roach ruled themselves out of the running.

Bond, who has signed a contract until the end of the season, admitted he was concerned the stigma surrounding the controversial documentary would affect his chances of landing the job, but insisted he was ready to take on the challenge of management.

'I know I haven't done anything wrong and you hope the people who know you well, like the people at Bournemouth do, have the same faith and disregard the negative stuff,' he said.

'But it was in the back of my mind and credit to the board at Bournemouth for not taking any notice of all the hype.

'I've got lots of experience working with Harry, and with Jim Smith, and even at up at Newcastle.

'But you get to the stage where you want to pick the team, instead of just having an input, you want to make the final decision.

'I was always interested in the job once I heard Sean had left. In terms of my managerial career it's the perfect job.'

Jaffer insisted he had no concerns about the publicity caused by the Panorama programme and believes Bond is the right man to take the Cherries forward.

'That was not important,' he said. 'I'm a firm believer in giving people a fair chance. At the end of the day we went for Kevin on merit.'

Bond started his playing career at Bournemouth where his father John was manager.

He followed Bond senior to Norwich, and then on to Manchester City, and also played for Southampton and in the NASL with Seattle Sounders before returning to Bournemouth.

Bond took over as manager of struggling non-league side Stafford Rangers in 1997 before a first coaching stint at Pompey and an assistant role under Redknapp at Southampton.

His first match in charge will be Saturday's trip to Millwall.