Kevin Bond (English footballer)

Kevin John Bond (born 22 June 1957) is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a centre back. He was most recently the manager of League Two club Southend United.

Kevin Bond
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Bond in 2017
Personal information
Full name Kevin John Bond[1]
Date of birth (1957-06-22) 22 June 1957 (age 63)[1]
Place of birth West Ham, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Position(s) Centre back[1]
Youth career
1972–1974 AFC Bournemouth
1974–1976 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Norwich City 142 (12)
1981 Seattle Sounders 30 (16)
1981–1984 Manchester City 110 (11)
1984–1988 Southampton 140 (6)
1988–1992 AFC Bournemouth 126 (4)
1992–1994 Exeter City 19 (0)
1994–1995 Sittingbourne 2 (0)
1995–1996 Dover Athletic
National team
1979–1980 England B 2 (0)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Stafford Rangers
2006–2008 AFC Bournemouth
2015 Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)
2016 Hong Kong Pegasus
2016–2017 Hong Kong Pegasus
2019 Southend United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Bond was born in West Ham, London.[1] He started his career as a trainee at AFC Bournemouth where his father, John Bond, was manager. When his father took up the manager's post at Norwich City he too made the move.

His league debut was made away to Leicester City in April 1976. 161 appearances followed generating fourteen goals and earning him two England B caps.

Wanting to try his luck abroad he had a brief spell in the NASL with the Seattle Sounders.

At the start of the 1981–82 season he was again reunited with his father at Manchester City. 110 games for the Maine Road side in the next three years resulted in a lucrative transfer to Southampton, where he spent 4 years, playing 140 games.

He was signed by former club Bournemouth, with whom he played 126 matches, before transferring to Exeter City, Sittingbourne and Dover Athletic where he finished his career.

Managerial and coaching careerEdit

Bond began his coaching career as Reserve Team coach at former club Manchester City. Spells as coach at Wrexham and Altrincham followed, before Kevin followed his father into the managerial role when he took over at faltering side Stafford Rangers in October 1997.

In early May 1998, Kevin was named as Assistant Manager to Alan Ball at Portsmouth. Following Ball's sacking, Bond became first a scout for West Ham United, and then returned to Portsmouth as reserve team coach under manager Harry Redknapp.

However, following Redknapp's resignation and subsequent appointment at rivals Southampton, Bond chose to return to his old club and was appointed as one of the coaches working under Redknapp. When then assistant Jim Smith's contract wasn't renewed following relegation, Bond took up the role. When Redknapp left Southampton to return once more to Portsmouth, Bond also chose to again follow him, but this time he was appointed assistant manager of the Fratton Park side.

On 1 June 2006 Bond left Portsmouth to join Newcastle United as assistant to Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder whom he had worked with previously at West Ham United. In July 2006 he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in coaching.[3] Bonds' contract with Newcastle United was terminated on 26 September 2006 after allegations he was prepared to take bungs for players whilst at Portsmouth.[4]

On 12 October 2006, Bond was appointed manager of Bournemouth, signing until the end of the season.[5] Although Bournemouth lost the first five games of his reign, they avoided relegation and he was awarded a new contract.[6]

A 10-point deduction for entering administration saw Bournemouth relegated to League Two at the end of the 2007–08 season, in spite of a run of five wins the last six games which nearly kept the club up. Bournemouth then had a further 17 points deducted for the 2008–09 season and Bond and his management team (Rob Newman and Eddie Howe) were dismissed by the Cherries on 1 September 2008 having only picked up two points from the first four matches of the season.[7]

On 27 October 2008, Bond was re-united yet again with Harry Redknapp as assistant manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Following Redknapp's sacking in 2012, Bond left the club in June 2012.[8]

In November 2012, Bond was once again re-united with Harry Redknapp, at Queens Park Rangers as their assistant manager.[9] After Harry Redknapp departed and Chris Ramsey took over as head coach, Bond became First Team Coach. In February 2015, Bond was briefly caretaker manager at Q.P.R.[10][11][12][13]

In April 2016, Bond was appointed manager of Hong Kong Premier League club Hong Kong Pegasus, until the end of the season.[14][15] Bond led Pegasus to a double cup win during his short stint as manager.

On 6 June 2016, Bond was appointed first-team coach of Aston Villa.[16] He left the club on 13 October of the same year, along with Steve Clarke and Massimo Battara.[17]

On 7 November 2016, it was announced that Bond would have a second tenure as Pegasus manager.[18] He left his role as manager for a second time in June 2017 to reunite with Redknapp as an assistant at Birmingham City.[19] His contract at Birmingham City was terminated on 16 September 2017.[20]

He remained with Pegasus as a consultant.[21]

On 2 April 2019, Bond was appointed as manager of Southend United until the end of the 2018–19 season.[22] Southend, under Bond's managership, finished 19th in League One avoiding relegation on goal difference only following a win on the last day of the season against Sunderland.[23]

After a run of six defeats at the start of the 2019–20 season, Bond resigned from his position of manager at Southend United on 6 September 2019.[24]

Corruption allegationsEdit

On 20 September 2006, the Football Association announced that it was to investigate allegations "relating to players' agents and connected activities" concerning Kevin Bond, following a BBC Panorama special on corruption in football. Newcastle United placed him on gardening leave following the broadcast, and terminated his contract on 26 September,[25] although no charges were brought against him, and Bond has denied the allegations.[26]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 3 September 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
AFC Bournemouth 12 October 2006 1 September 2008 95 31 17 47 032.6 [5][27]
Queens Park Rangers (caretaker) 3 February 2015 12 February 2015 2 1 0 1 050.0 [27][28]
Southend United 2 April 2019 6 September 2019 15 3 2 10 020.0 [27]
Total 112 35 19 58 031.3


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  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6.
  3. ^ "The Class of 2006". The Football Association. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Newcastle terminate Bond contract". BBC Sport. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Bond unveiled as Bournemouth boss". BBC Sport. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Bond set to stay on with Cherries". BBC Sport. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Bond sacked as Bournemouth boss". BBC Sport. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond leave Tottenham". BBC Sport. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Redknapp new QPR manager". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  10. ^ Joynston, Danielle (4 February 2015). "Chris Ramsey, Kevin Bond in caretaker charge of Queens Park Rangers". SportsMole. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Les Ferdinand promoted as Fernandes slams 'transfer mistakes' at QPR". Eurosport. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  12. ^ Slevison, Andrew (5 February 2015). "QPR on the hunt for Redknapp replacement – Bhatia". Tribal Football. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  13. ^ Cue, Mark (4 February 2015). "Les Ferdinand to lead QPR's post Harry Redknapp recruitment revolution". The Times. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  14. ^ "South China and Hong Kong Pegasus Clash Highlights Weekend's FA Cup Quarter-Final Battles". Hong Kong Football Association. 15 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Kevin Bond將擔任香港飛馬總領隊". Hong Kong Pegasus FC. 11 April 2016. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2016. (in Chinese)
  16. ^ "Aston Villa: Kevin Bond named first-team coach". BBC Sport. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Aston Villa confirm departures of backroom trio". Sportsmole. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Kevin Bond,Welcome back !" (in Chinese). Hong Kong Pegasus FC. 7 November 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Birmingham City: Kevin Bond reunited with Harry Redknapp as his assistant". BBC Sport. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Harry Redknapp: Birmingham City sack manager after poor run". BBC Sport. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  21. ^ "南華四將獲收留飛馬要嫩唔要老". Apple Daily. Retrieved 11 June 2017. (in Chinese)
  22. ^ "Southend United appoint Kevin Bond as boss for rest of season". BBC Sport. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Southend United 2-1 Sunderland: Late winner hands Shrimpers survival". 4 May 2019 – via
  24. ^ "Kevin Bond: Southend boss resigns after winless League One start". 6 September 2019 – via
  25. ^ "Newcastle terminate Bond contract". BBC Sport. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  26. ^ Nisbet, John (27 September 2006). "Bond vows to clear name after being shown door at Newcastle". The Independent. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  27. ^ a b c "Managers: Kevin Bond". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Harry Redknapp: QPR manager resigns because of knee operation". BBC Sport. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2017.

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