Bournemouth sack Gary O’Neil after 37 games despite Premier League survival

Gary O’Neil took over as caretaker manager in August and was given an 18-month deal in November; he guided Bournemouth to a 15th-place finish in the Premier League last season

O’Neil took over as interim head coach following the sacking of Scott Parker in August and was given an 18-month deal in November.

He picked up 36 points during his time in charge and guided the club to a 15th-placed finish in the Premier League, with many believing he was a Manager of the Year candidate.

Explaining the decision, Bournemouth owner Bill Foley said “we have identified a number of significant targets in the transfer market” and “this change in direction will provide us with the best platform from which to build. “Gary will go on to have a long career as a head coach or manager, but we feel that, at this moment in time, a change is in the best interests of this football club. I would like to place on record my thanks to Gary and wish him all the best for the future.” The former Rayo Vallacano manager is currently out of work and was approached by Leeds earlier this season over their managerial vacancy