Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury is loving the challenge of building up his own team at the Dean Court, as he approaches his first full season in charge of the club.

The Cherries boss has brought in four new players to the club since becoming the club's permanent manager, and the former npower Championship player is ready to take Bournemouth to the next stage.

"I feel like I have brought in my own people now and we are starting to adapt and play the way I want us to," he said.

"I do feel, a little bit more, that it is my team."

The 36-year-old made the leap from the playing field to the helm in January and managed to push Bournemouth to sixth place – a season that he feels under pressure to replicate now that he has wrung his own changes, after cherry picking new talent for the club

"I suppose that brings extra pressure because you get judged on the people you bring in," he added. "Players have gone and I have had to fill those holes.


 

"But we are all under pressure. No matter what job you are in, everyone has got pressures on them.

"It is a pressure I love and a pressure that I want to live up to, and all the players do as well."

Bournemouth face Charlton Athletic in their first fixture on Saturday August 6, and Bradbury is looking forward to taking on the equally fresh opponents.

He said: "We have got to hope we catch them early because if they do knit together, they will be a good team.

"They have got some good individual players. Whether they start to play as a team straight away remains to be seen.

"I feel it will be a good time to play them."

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