Gary O’Neil reportedly set to become permanent Bournemouth boss
Talks between Cherries and Marcelo Bielsa have reportedly ended with the club ending their pursuit of the Argentina manager after failing to agree on terms.
That’s according to Football Insider, who claim that while Cherries offered the 67-year-old the job. They previously reported that there were advanced talks between the two sides, but they reached a conclusion without a full agreement.
During his last job with Leeds United, Bielsa became famous for his lengthy negotiations over new contracts during his three-and-a-half-year stay in Yorkshire.
The Cherries have not had a permanent head coach since the sacking of Scott Parker towards the end of August, with first-team coach Gary O’Neil taking over on an interim basis.
Football Insider also claims that with Bielsa now out of the running for the job, Cherries is set to appoint O’Neil permanently.
The Daily Telegraph also claimed that O’Neil was close to getting the club. Their report adds how he wants to add ‘at least four players’ and is expected to receive funds from new owner Bill Foley in the January transfer window.
In 11 Premier League games, O’Neil led Cherries to a total of 13 points, lifting the side to the canvas after a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool in Parker’s last league game in charge.
The Daily Echo understands that representatives from Cherries flew out to meet Vegas Golden Knights equivalents in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights are the NHL team owned by future Cherries owner Bill Foley.
Representatives from Las Vegas also traveled to Bournemouth to discuss upcoming plans for the January transfer window and the managerial situation.
Foley’s takeover is coming to an end, with Premier League ratification being the final step in the process.