Gary O’Neil agrees 18-month deal to become Bournemouth’s permanent manager after a successful 12 matches as caretaker boss… with the appointment set to be announced later today
- Gary O’Neil has led Bournemouth in their past 12 games as caretaker manager
- He has steadied the Cherries’ season them from 14th to 17th in the league
- The 39-year-old has now agreed an 18-month-deal as permanent boss
- Bournemouth are expected to announce the appointment later today
Bournemouth have agreed a deal with Gary O’Neil to become permanent manager, with his appointment expected to be announced later today.
The former Portsmouth midfielder had already enjoyed a successful spell at the club as caretaker boss.
Sky Sports reported he has now agreed an 18-month-contract, with the option of another 12 months depending on results.
Gary O’Neil has agreed an 18-month-deal as the permanent Bournemouth manager
He has steadied things at the Vitality as caretaker boss in his 12 matches in charge
O’Neil stepped into the role after Scott Parker’s shock dismissal early in the season and has helped steady the ship at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries were 17th and had just taken a 9-0 hammering when he took over, but have since lost just four out of 11 games in the league and risen to within striking distance of the top half.
The Club has now rewarded O’Neil by offering him the job on a permanent basis.
New Bournemouth owner Bill Foley had considered a move for former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa before deciding to stick with his caretaker manager.
Bournemouth will next be in action when they travel to Chelsea on December 27
It is understood the south coast club are prepared to back him with significant funds in the January transfer market.
O’Neil’s side are expected to return to training on Monday as they begin preparation for their trip to Stamford Bridge on December 27.