Gary O’Neil has been rewarded for doing an ‘excellent job’ as interim boss by being appointed Bournemouth manager on a permanent basis.
O’Neil has agreed terms on an initial one-and-a-half year deal with the option of a further 12-month extension. He had been in temporary charge since Scott Parker was sacked in August.
O’Neil, 39, has overseen 11 Premier League matches in that time, with the Cherries claiming two wins and four draws from the first six, then suffering four straight defeats before bouncing back with a 3-0 victory over Everton just before the break for the World Cup.
The Cherries, currently 14th, had been linked with Marcelo Bielsa, while American Bill Foley is on the verge of completing a £120million takeover at the Vitality Stadium, but that deal has yet to be ratified by the Premier League.
Bournemouth 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.’