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31 March 2012 : Johnson Wary Of New Cherries Management Team
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be wary of Saturday afternoon's opponents when his side travel to play AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court. The Cherries are under new management this week, and after a Tuesday night 2-2 draw against Stevenage, interim duo Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks will take charge of their first home match, with the Glovers their opponents.

The duo are in charge until the end of the 2011-12 season after former manager Lee Bradbury was sacked last Sunday. Brooks is a 49 year old who as a midfielder had a playing career that took in Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, AFC Bournemouth, Dorchester Town, Ringwood Town and Bournemouth Poppies before taking up a position as Portsmouth's Youth Team manager. He then returned to Dorset when he became Director of Football under Eddie Mitchell during the Bournemouth Chairman's tenue at the Avenue Stadium, eventually becoming their first team manager.

Groves is a former Grimsby Town manager, who also had two lengthy periods with them along with a number of other clubs, including Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion. He was briefly Portsmouth's Caretaker Manager in between Paul Hart and Avram Grant and followed Grant to West Ham United as a first team coach, before switching to Bournemouth as their Youth Team manager upon Grant's sacking at Upton Park.

Thus despite moving up from the youth ranks to take charge, the pair have a reasonable amount of front line management experience. Having seen the new team in action for 90 minutes at Broadhall Way, Johnson said that he could see the Cherries had some strengths his team would need to make sure they didn't get caught out by:

"We watched Bournemouth play in the week at Stevenage, and to be fair they looked like a decent team. I know they've not won many games over the last month or two. But they've got two new lads in charge now, and they're going to want to impress. So we need to make sure that we're not caught out."

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