Bournemouth confirm appointment of Gary O’Neil as head coach

Bournemouth have confirmed the appointment of Gary O’Neil as the club’s permanent head coach after a successful spell as caretaker manager.

The ex-West Ham midfielder has signed an 18 month deal at the club, with Bournemouth having the option to extend by a further year.

A statement on the club’s website on the news reads: “AFC Bournemouth are delighted to announce the appointment of Gary O’Neil as the club’s new head coach.

“O’Neil has agreed terms on an initial one-and-a-half year contract which has the provision to be extended for a further 12 months.”

Speaking to the club’s website, chief executive Neill Blake said: “Gary did an excellent job on an interim basis and the board are delighted to make his position as head coach permanent.

“We have been impressed with the way he has conducted himself from the moment he joined the club and feel he has earned this opportunity to continue to take the team and the club forward.

“Gary has worked tirelessly and diligently on the training pitch and the players have responded by producing some excellent performances and results.

“It was evident from the reception he received from our supporters following the Premier League win against Everton that they have also appreciated his efforts and we are all looking forward to continuing our working relationship with him.”

90min reported earlier this week that Bournemouth had chosen O’Neil ahead of Marcelo Bielsa, whom the club had talks with regarding the vacant managerial position.