AFC Bournemouth add to backroom staff

Dan Hodges

Bournemouth have appointed Dan Hodges as their new head of sports science.

Hodges joins the Cherries after a season in the same position at Rochdale and previously worked under fitness coach Damien Roden at Manchester City.

Cherries boss Paul Groves also plans to add a first-team coach and performance analyst in the coming weeks, as well as a development squad manager.

Hodges, who replaces Louis Langdown, graduated from Brunel University with a degree in sports science

He then completed a master's degree in exercise and sports science at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Hodges joins goalkeeper coach Neil Moss, physio Steve Hard and sports therapist Dave Gardener on the Cherries coaching staff.

Meanwhile, BBC Sport understands the Cherries are keen to take Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini's sons Andrea and Filiippo on trial.

Andrea, 19, was released by Manchester City in May and spent two months on loan at Oldham, while 21-year-old Filippo plays lower league football in Italy.

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