Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury leaves club after poor run

Lee Bradbury

League One Bournemouth have parted company with manager Lee Bradbury.

The Cherries slipped to 13th in League One after losing for the sixth time in eight games at Oldham on Saturday.

Bradbury, 36, joined Bournemouth as a player in 2007 before taking over as manager when Eddie Howe left for Burnley in January 2011, guiding them to the play-off semi-finals last term.

Youth team manager Paul Groves and head of youth Shaun Brooks will take charge until the end of the season.

The club issued a brief statement via their website on Sunday evening, in which they revealed they were not going to make any further comment.

Only last week club chairman Eddie Mitchell claimed he was happy with the club's current position in League One and believed they were making progress.

However, Bournemouth fell 10 points off the top six with Saturday's defeat at Boundary Park.

Bradbury consequently retired from playing after being given the caretaker role 14 months ago when Howe left the club.

Inside a fortnight, the former Cherries striker then signed a two-and-a-half year deal as permanent manager, with Steve Fletcher employed as player assistant.

The pair led the League One outfit to the play-offs, losing out to Huddersfield on penalties.

Bournemouth made a slow start this season, with Fletcher relinquishing his role as assistant in November to concentrate on his playing career.

The Cherries rose up the table around the festive period before Bradbury signed a contract extension until 2015 in January.

However, the south coast side's recent run of poor results have brought to an end his term in charge.