Rutherford accepted Thomson’s model, of spherically shaped atom. But the concept of
embedded electrons on a positively charged sphere was disapproved.
Rutherford proposed a model of spherical atom with a heavy and small nucleus containing protons and electrons revolving around the nucleus. But it lacked an explanation for the innate stability of the revolving electron without collapsing into the nucleus as expected by classical mechanics.
Bohr, continuing with the Rutherford model, proposed quantization of angular momentum of the electron for the stability of electrons in the orbits.
Rutherford’s model thus, served a link between the Thomson and Bohr model of atm.