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Former Pompey striker Lee Bradbury has been handed his first managerial position after taking caretaker charge of Bournemouth.

The 35-year-old left to army to start his career at Fratton Park from 1995-97, before a 3m move to Manchester City but returned from 1999-2004, scoring 43 goals across his two spells.

Bradbury has filled the void left by another ex-Pompey player, Eddie Howe, who took the reins at Burnley over the weekend.

Bournemouth have put Bradbury - who has quit playing to concentrate on his managerial duties - and club stalwart Steve Fletcher in temporary charge of the League One outfit.

Bradbury said: 'It is a lucky break. With Eddie leaving, the chairman probably felt it had to be filled by someone in-house because he wanted to keep the continuity going.

'There is never a perfect time to hang up your boots or to go into management.

'I feel I could play for at least another couple of years but, the way I look at it, this could be the start of a 20-year career in management. I'm not getting ahead of myself but you have got to be positive and have self belief.'