Bournemouth sack head coach Gary O’Neill less than seven months after his official appointment.
Bournemouth have fired Gary O’Neil, who was hired as the club’s permanent manager less than seven months ago.
After Scott Parker was fired in August, the 40-year-old took over as temporary CEO and was promoted to permanent CEO in November.
Last season, O’Neil led Bournemouth to 15th position in the Premier League after winning 10 of his 34 Premier League games in charge.
“This has been a difficult decision,” stated Bill Foley, owner of Bournemouth.
“It was made with great thought in order to best position ourselves for the upcoming season.”
“Gary will go on to have a long career as a head coach or manager, but we believe that a change is in the best interests of this football club at this time.”
Bournemouth have stated that O’Neil’s replacement will be announced “immediately.”
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O’Neill took over at Vitality Stadium after Parker was fired after a 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool, the joint-worst defeat in Premier League history.
It was the club’s third defeat in a row, but O’Neil had gone unbeaten in his first six games in command.
When he was appointed permanent manager during the Premier League’s mid-season break for the World Cup, he won 13 points from 11 top-flight games and signed a one-and-a-half year contract with the possibility of a 12-month extension.
That was before an American-led consortium led by businessman John Foley completed its takeover of Bournemouth in December.
It was O’Neil’s first managerial appointment after working as an assistant coach with Liverpool Under-23s and Bournemouth in the Championship from February 2021.