Who needs Bielsa? Gary O’Neil makes his case as Bournemouth beat struggling Everton

Four wins, four draws and four defeats is Gary O’Neil’s record since taking over as interim manager of Bournemouth after Scott Parker was sacked in August.

If Bill Foley, the club’s future new owner, has brokered a deal to make Marcelo Bielsa the club’s next permanent manager, then O’Neil’s wish to start his own career in management will surely be granted, after he so impressively steered the Cherries to the mid-table ahead of the World Cup break – albeit not on the South Coast.

O’Neil’s brief reign was impressive and, as he cheered on every corner of the stadium full-time, it’s clear the admiration from players and fans alike is mutual.

“I just wanted to show my appreciation. They’ve been huge for me here,” O’Neil said.

“I don’t think of myself at all. Bielsa is a fantastic coach who has done a fantastic job wherever he has been. I’m sure he would do a great job if he came here.

“We were good on the ball, well organised, showed heart and determination. 13 points in 11 games – I think that’s a good total for a newly promoted team and we scored a lot of goals.

Bournemouth took full advantage of their second victory in five days against Everton, which was dismal throughout and faced the wrath of its traveling full-time supporters.

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