The son of manager John Bond, Kevin followed
his father from Bournemouth to Norwich to Manchester City. He
transferred his apprenticeship from the south coast side to Norwich
in 1974 turning professional two years later. A league debut was
made away to Leicester City in the April of 1976. 161 appearances
(five as substitute) for the Canaries followed generating fourteen
goals and two England B caps. After a brief spell in the USA with
the Seattle Sounders, Kevin joined his father at Manchester City
in September 1981. 110 games for the Maine Road side in the next
three years resulted in a lucrative transfer to Southampton. 4
years and 140 games later, he left the Saints for neighbours Bournemouth
with whom he played 126 matches. Exeter City was his final league
destination (18 games) before joining non-league Sittingbourne
and Dover. He later became Reserve Team coach at Manchester City
but was fired from this position
After helping out at Wrexham and Altrincham, Kevin followed his
father into the managerial role when he took over at faltering
Dr Martens side Stafford Rangers in October 1997. Two of his initial
signings for Stafford were former Man City players Ged Tarpey
and Sam Harris. In December 1997, he added former Canary Ian
Butterworth to his squad which already contained Keith Bertschin .
In early May 1998, Kevin was named as Assistant Manager to Alan
Ball at Division One survivors Portsmouth. On 14th December 1999,
Kevin was sacked by Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric, just days
after Alan Ball was fired as Portsmouth manager. Former Norwich
hotshot striker Ted MacDougall was also sacked as Reserve Team
Bond spent time with Salisbury City and has scouted for his father's
old club West Ham. He has since returned to Fratton Park and is
Portsmouth's reserve team manager again, working with Harry Redknapp
and Jim Smith. Described also as first team coach, Kevin will
be delighted with Portsmouth's promotion from Division One in
In December 2004, Kevin followed former Portsmouth manager Harry
Redknapp along the south coast to Southampton where Bond will
be first team coach. Following Redknapp's departure from Fratton
Park, Bond had helped Joe Jordan and director of football Velimir
Zajec pick the team for the wins against Bolton and West Brom
in the Premiership and the defeat to Watford in the Carling Cup.
When Redknapp quit Southampton in December 2005 and returned
to Portsmouth, he indicated that he wanted Bond to accompany him
back to Fratton Park. This happened the following month.
On 1st June 2006, it was reported that Bond was joining Newcastle
United as assistant to manager Glenn Roeder. "It's mixed
emotions, having to leave Portsmouth," he said. "Newcastle
have been huge under-achievers and there are great expectation
levels. That in itself is going to be a pressure, but it is definitely
one that I am really looking forward to."
After BBC's Panorama investigation into corruption in football,
broadcast in mid-September 2006, suggested Bond was willing to
take illegal payments from agents, he was placed on gardening
leave by Newcastle. His contract was terminated on 26th September
2006 . Newcastle made public their decision in a statement to
the Stock Exchange, saying: "Newcastle United have terminated
Kevin Bond's contract. There is no further comment from the club."
Bond said in a statement: "I am extremely disappointed
Newcastle have terminated my contract without any proper investigation
into the allegations. My lawyers will shortly be going to court
to compel the BBC to release full transcripts of the recordings.
Rather than waiting for this and the outcome of any Football Association
investigation, Newcastle have made their decision solely on the
basis of a few sentences carefully selected and edited by Panorama.I
intend to pursue all legal avenues to vindicate my reputation
and restore my career and livelihood."
Although Kevin was linked in early October 2006 with the vacancy
at Carrow Road following Nigel Worthington's
sacking, he was appointed as Bournemouth's manager on 11th October
2006, signing a contract until the end of the season. Bond beat
Andy Hessenthaler and Phil Brown to the post and replaces Sean
O'Driscoll, who quit to take over as manager of Doncaster Rovers
four weeks previously. He appointed Rob Newman
as his assistant.
Despite valiant efforts which saw the club pull back from being
14 points adrift from relegation in March 2008 - primarily caused
by a ten point deduction when the club went in to administation,
Bournemouth were relegated into League Two following a 1-1 draw
with Carlisle on the final day of the season and other results
going against them.
Bond and Newman were sacked on 1st September 2008 after they
took just two points from their first four games of the 2008/9
season. Bournemouth Chief executive Alastair Saverimutto told
BBC Solent: "We have had faith with Kevin and his team
and gave him full support from day one. But unfortunately it would
appear that the results and performances have been lacking and
it was a decision that was made with due care and consideration.
These decisions have to be made at the right time. It was very
simple and I said to Kevin and his team that the decision I was
faced was whether it was done now or to give it another four games.In
the board's opinion, four games may have been too late so it was
a critical decision that had to be made [on Monday] and the decision
was made to relieve Kevin and his team of his duties."
Bond was replaced by former Poppies player Jimmy Quinn with another
former player Jason Tindall as his assistant.
Bond put behind him his recent sacking by being appointed on
27th October 2008 as Assistant Manager at Tottenham Hotspur. This
will be the fourth time that Bond has worked with Tottenham's
new manager Harry Redknapp. Other appointments to the Tottenham
coaching line-up include Les Ferdinand, Joe Jordan and Tim
Following Harry Redknapp's departure as Spurs manager in June
2012, Bond and fellow coach Joe Jordan also left the club.
After Harry Redknapp was appointed manager of QPR on 24th November
2012, Bond was appointed as Rangers' Assistant Manager on 1st
December 2012 replacing Mark Bowen. QPR
sat bottom of the Premiership having taken only five points in
their first 14 games. The Redknapp-Bond partnership did not turn
QPR's season around depsite spending £8m on Loic Remy and
£15m on Chris Samba. QPR were relegated on 28th April 2013
following a goalless draw with Reading who were also relegated.
Bond and QPR returned to the Premiership on 24th May 2014 beating
Derby in the Championship play-off final with Bobby
Zamora scoring the vital goal.
When Harry Redknapp resigned as QPR manager in early February
2015, Bond was placed to work alongside caretaker manager Chris
Ramsey. QPR were relegated on 10th May 2015 losing 6-0 to Manchester
City. They finished bottom of the table. Bond left Rangers at
the end of June 2015.
In April 2016, Bond was appointed manager of Hong Kong Premier League club HK Pegasus, until the end of the season. Bond led Pegasus to a double cup win during his short stint as manager.
On 6th June 2016, he was appointed as first team coach at Aston Villa, part of a new management team for the newly relegated Villains with Roberto Di Matteo as manager, Steve Clarke as his assistant, Massimo Battara is the club's new goalkeeping coach, while Massimiliano Marchesi has been appointed fitness coach.
Bond, Clarke and Battara all left Villa on 13th October 2016 following the sacking of Di Matteo and the appointment of Steve Bruce as the club's new manager.
Bond returned to Pegasus and then did some scouting for Portsmouth before being appointed as the manager of Southend on 2nd April 2019 until the end of the 2018/19 season. He replaces Chris Powell who was sacked the previous week. The Shrimpers have gone 12 matches without a win and are only above the League One relegation zone on goal difference. Southend avoided relegation through scoring in the 87th minute in their final game of the season. The Shrimpers won two of their final three games to stay up, only securing their place in League One with a dramatic final-day victory over Sunderland. On 17th May 2019, it was announced that Bond had signed a two year contract to continue as Southend's manager.
On 6th September 2019, Bond resigned as Southend manager following a run of six defeats at the start of the 2019/20 season. The Essex side were 22nd in the table with a -13 goal difference - ahead only of Bolton, who started the campaign with a 12-point deduction. Southend chairman Ron Martin accepted his decision to leave saying "Unfortunately the euphoria at the end of last season hasn't translated to the pitch so far this season. However, I remain confident that the players we have at Southend United, including the strong signings made by Kevin Bond, will enable a successful season under the guidance of a new manager."
On 21st August 2021 he joined Joey Barton's Bristol Rovers as First Team Coach. Rovers won promotion to League One on 7th May 2022 with a 7-0 victory over Scunthorpe, sending them up on goal difference.