Sheffield United have moved swiftly to shake things up a bit behind the scenes, with former Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall joining the coaching staff.
Tindall was quickly installed as a potential favourite to take over from Chris Wilder as manager. But talk of that was soon quashed, with Paul Heckingbottom given the big job until the end of the season, with current coach Alan Knill and now Tindall, assisting him.
It was, of course, a bitterly disappointing day in the history of Sheffield United for most fans. Chris Wilder is obviously loved, lauded, and rightfully will take his place as one of – if not the – club’s greatest ever manager.
But such is the way of the world and the fast paced environment we live in, that life does indeed move on. Indeed, the Blades do have a game with Leicester City today which seems to have been forgotten about.
Tindall won’t be in the dugout today for that game. But from Monday, as confirmed by Stephen Bettis in his painfully awkward interview yesterday, Tindall will join up officially from Monday.
So, just who is Jason Tindall? We’ve taken a look at the former Bournemouth man with a breakdown here.
Who is new Sheffield United coach Jason Tindall?
Tindall is a well-respected coach in the game. Still just 43, he has bags of experience under his belt and was part of his own journey alongside Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
During their time together, Tindall helped Howe mastermind the Cherries’ meteoric rise from League Two to the Premier League. In a strange twist of fate, the job he and Howe did was similar to that of Wilder and Alan Knill.
The Cherries were in a relegation scrap initially and narrowly avoided dropping into the conference. From then on, the only was up. Promotion to League One, then the Championship followed.
A brief 20 month spell in charge of Burnley didn’t go to plan for Tindall and Howe, but they returned to Bournemouth, cementing the club’s place in the Championship before winning promotion in the 2014/15 season.
Tindall is also a well-known friend of Sheffield United CEO Stephen Bettis.
Tindall suffers as Bournemouth nose dive
Bournemouth cemented themselves as a Premier League force under Howe, with Tindall firmly at his side. But when Howe left after being relegated back to the Championship in August, Tindall was tasked with continuing to keep the ship steady.
Inheriting a squad which, for the Championship, should have done well, Tindall started well. He was getting the best out of the likes of Dominic Solanke and David Brooks and even had Bournemouth in the top two in November, with just one defeat in 14 games.
But a run of eight games without a win after the festive period, culminating – coincidentally – with a defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, was the final straw for the Cherries board, who decided to part ways with Tindall.
Sometimes the best coaches don’t always make the best managers, and maybe that is the case with Jason Tindall. It might be why the Blades have brought him in for that role, with Stephen Bettis confirming Tindall would bring ‘a new voice’ to the training ground.
Tindall spent 22 years with Bournemouth. Per the BBC, the club placed on record their thanks for his hard work and commitment over a two decade period, commending Tindall for helping the club out of ‘dark days’.
So while the appointment might sting a bit for some Blades fans still raw with emotion from Chris Wilder’s departure, it’s important that as fans we given him a chance.
Fresh ideas, eyes, and a new voice as Bettis put it can sometimes have a big and positive impact on the club. Tindall will know full well what he’s walking into. He’ll have to draw on all his experience, then, to ensure he makes a success of his switch to Sheffield United.