Bournemouth 'set to give Gary O'Neil their permanent manager's job'

Bournemouth ‘are set to give Gary O’Neil their permanent manager’s job after impressing in an interim role after talks with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa stalled’

  • Bournemouth will offer interim boss Gary O’Neil the job of permanent manager 
  • Negotiations are said to have stalled with the former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa
  • O’Neil led the Cherries to 14th in the Premier League before the World Cup break
  • The promoted side have won four, drawn four and lost four with him in charge 

Bournemouth are set to make Gary O’Neil their permanent manager, according to reports. 

The promoted Premier League side sacked Scott Parker in August and have not yet appointed a full-time replacement, with the former Portsmouth midfielder impressing in the interim role since then.

And as reported by The Telegraph, after talks with ex-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa stalled, the Cherries will back O’Neil to save them from relegation.

Bournemouth will reportedly make interim boss Gary O’Neil their new permanent manager

The move comes after talks were said to have stalled with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

Bournemouth have won four, drawn four and lost four of their 12 games under his temporary stewardship and lie 14th in the Premier League, as far away from the top half as they are the relegation zone.

Argentine Bielsa did reportedly hold discussions over a potential return to the Premier League, but 39-year-old O’Neil is set to get the job.

It is understood the south coast side are prepared to back him with significant funds in the January transfer market, with the new boss said to be targeting four signings as American businessman Bill Foley’s takeover bid continues to progress.

The 39-year-old has led the newly promoted side to 14th position before the World Cup break

The Cherries have won four, drawn four and lost four of their games under his stewardship

O’Neil’s predecessor Parker had often clashed with the board over a lack of financial backing. 

After their final match before the World Cup break, a dominant 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Everton, O’Neil said: ‘I think 13 [points] from 11 is a good total. As always, I wish it could have been more, especially with some of the situations we put ourselves in.

‘A big cup win and 13 points from 11 Premier League games for a newly promoted side is good going. We scored a lot of goals as well.’ 

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