Bournemouth interim boss Gary O’Neil says his ‘pure focus’ is on the team ahead of Newcastle, despite reports over an imminent takeover.
It has been revealed a Las Vegas-led consortium is pushing to buy the Dorset outfit.
Cherries owner Maxim Demin is said to be weighing up whether to sell, with US investors, fronted by businessman Bill Foley, ready to pay £150million for the south coast club.
Foley, who is majority owner of the National Hockey League side Las Vegas Golden Knights, has reportedly entered talks to purchase the Premier League side.
However, interim boss O’Neil is not interested in movements off the pitch, and is solely committed to helping the team win football matches, with Bournemouth taking on Newcastle this weekend.
“I am not involved in any sort of discussions like that. I have been hard at work over the other side on the grass,” the former Portsmouth and West Ham midfielder said when asked about the proposed takeover.
“Takeovers and discussions of that level are obviously a long way from my mind and what I’m focused on, which is Newcastle. It’s going to be a big test.”
Foley’s takeover would mean more than half of the current Premier League clubs are American-owned.
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When asked if the takeover could potentially mean more games in charge of the Cherries, O’Neil added: “I’m not sure. I haven’t considered anything around takeovers, discussions upstairs, my position. Whatever that is it is.
“I am just fully focused. Literally, every minute of my day is taken up by how we go about Newcastle. Since I heard the Brighton game was off.
“My wife and kids will tell you every minute of my day so far since that is Newcastle, with the laptop or on the grass with the lads.
“Pure focus on how we go there, have an impact on the game and come away with a positive result again.”
Sean Dyche has been linked with the post in the past, but O’Neil will be hoping to impress the owners, should Bournemouth be successful in their takeoever.