Bournemouth appoint Gary O’Neil as permanent manager in place of Marcelo Bielsa

Bournemouth will appoint Gary O’Neil as their manager on a permanent deal in place of former Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa, 90min understands.

O’Neil had been interim manager since the end of August and impressed enough to persuade Bournemouth’s hierarchy to give him the job.

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The Cherries had looked around the world for potential options and had held talks with South American legend Bielsa.

However, Bournemouth have opted for O’Neil, who will be given a two-and-a-half-year deal.

90min understands the decision was sanctioned by prospective new owner Bill Foley – who is only awaiting Premier League ratification to take ownership of the Vitality Stadium.

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The 77-year-old American was believed to be hugely impressed by O’Neil and, despite being tempted by Bielsa, felt the right move was to stick with his current boss.

In their 12 games so far, O’Neill have won four, drawn four and lost four, taking them to 14th in the Premier League table.

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