Bournemouth to appoint Gary O’Neil as head coach on a permanent basis after holding talks with ex-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

    Bournemouth are set to hand Gary O’Neil their permanent head coach’s position, talkSPORT understands.

    O’Neil is expected to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract as the Cherries prepare for their sale to American Bill Foley being ratified by the Premier League.

    O’Neil has been very impressive since taking interim charge at the Vitality Stadium

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    O’Neil has been very impressive since taking interim charge at the Vitality Stadium

    Bournemouth did hold talks with ex-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa but it appears O’Neil did enough to convince Foley he was the man for the job during his 12-game stint in interim charge.

    The 39-year-old took interim charge following the decision to sack Scott Parker earlier on in the campaign.

    Despite Bournemouth being tipped to struggle at the bottom of the table, O’Neil has overseen an impressive run of results at the Vitality Stadium.

    Since taking charge, the Cherries have taken 13 points from 11 Premier League games, including three wins, four draws and four defeats.

    As a result, the south coast side find themselves in 14th spot in the table after 15 games, three points above the relegation zone.

    The Cherries are awaiting Premier League approval on Foley’s £120m purchase of the south coast club and the Las Vegas-based businessman is now expected to stick with O’Neil.

    O’Neil’s appointment is expected to be completed as Bournemouth await ratification of their takeover deal

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    O’Neil’s appointment is expected to be completed as Bournemouth await ratification of their takeover deal

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