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Kevin Bond

Norwich Career: 1974-1981 (161 appearances, 14 goals)
Current Club: QPR (Assistant Manager)
Date of Birth: 22/06/1957 (West Ham, London)
Nationality: English

Biography

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
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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 coach.

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 April 2003.

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 Sherwood

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.


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