He then worked as a football commentator for BBC Radio Five Live, before returning to coaching, assisting his son Kevin who was manager at Stafford Rangers, mainly in a scouting capacity. In November 1998, Bond was appointed manager at Witton Albion, who were struggling in the Northern Premier League First Division, but eventually finished in a healthy eighth place. In September 1999, Bond, by now nearing his 67th birthday, was brought out of retirement by Wigan Athletic manager John Benson to assist with coaching and scouting in a consultancy position. He left Wigan after less than 12 months following Benson's move to the role of director of football.
In November 2009, he appeared on the Sky Sports programme "Time Of Our Lives", where he, along with Ken Brown, Ronnie Boyce and presenter Jeff Stelling looked back on their era at West Ham. This programme was repeated on the day after his death in memory of him.
Bond died on 25 September 2012 aged 79.
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