JASON Tindall has been sacked as Cherries boss, with Jonathan Woodgate placed in caretaker charge.

The 43-year-old former Weymouth player and manager has been dismissed by the Dorset club after four consecutive Championship defeats.

A statement from Cherries reads: “AFC Bournemouth have today parted company with manager Jason Tindall.

“It is a decision which has not been taken lightly, given Jason’s outstanding commitment to the club as a player, assistant manager and manager.

“However, recent performances and results have fallen well below the board’s expectations.

“We feel a change is needed now in order to give the club the best possible chance of achieving the goals that were clearly set out last summer.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Jason for his services to AFC Bournemouth over the past 22 years.

“He is someone who is fondly thought of throughout the club, having played an important role in rescuing the club from its darkest days and taking it on the greatest journey it has ever had.

“Jason will always be welcome at Vitality Stadium and we would like to wish him every success for the future.”

On Woodgate's arrival, Cherries said: "AFC Bournemouth can confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will take temporary charge of the first team, following the departure of manager Jason Tindall.

"Woodgate, who has previous managerial experience at Middlesbrough, will oversee training and lead the team on Saturday for the Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Birmingham City.

"This decision has been taken while the club’s board of directors identify and conduct full and thorough due diligence on suitable external candidates ahead of an interview process, with the aim of confirming a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible."

Who's favourite to succeed Tindall at the Cherries?

Local bookmakers Jem Racing have Woodgate as the 6/4 tip after the ex-Middlesbrough boss came in as a first-team coach this week.

Frank Lampard, who left Chelsea last month, is priced at 2/1 while Tindall's predecessor Eddie Howe and John Terry are rated at 10/1.

Jem have also named Weymouth manager Brian Stock as a 50/1 outsider, along with former Dorchester boss Leigh Robinson.

Next Bournemouth manager odds:

Jonathan Woodgate 6/4; Frank Lampard 2; Eddie Howe 10; John Terry 10; Gary Monk 12; Mark Hughes 12; Sol Campbell 16; Nigel Adkins 16; Nigel Pearson 16; Stephen Robinson 16; Paul Cook 16; Slaven Bilic 16; Nathan Jones 20; Nigel Pearson 20; Chris Coleman 25; Harry Redknapp 33; Brian Stock 50; Leigh Robinson 50.