Bournemouth ‘are ready to give Gary O’Neil his permanent manager job after impressing in an interim role after talks with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa stalled’
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 yet to name a full-time replacement, with the former Portsmouth midfielder impressing in the caretaker role ever since.
And as reported by The Telegraphafter talks with former 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 management and sit 14th in the Premier League, as far out of the top half as they are out of the relegation zone.
Argentina’s Bielsa has reportedly held talks about a possible return to the Premier League but O’Neil, 39, is ready to get the job.
The South Coast side are understood to be poised 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 team to 14th position before the World Cup break.
The Cherries have won four, drawn four and lost four of their games under him.
O’Neil’s predecessor, Parker, had often clashed with the board over a lack of financial backing.
After his last game before the World Cup break, a dominant 3-0 win against Everton, O’Neil said: “I think 13 [points] 11 is a good total. As always, I wish it had been more, especially with some of the situations we got ourselves into.
‘A big cup win and 13 points from 11 Premier League games for a newly promoted team is a good thing. We also scored a lot of goals.