Bournemouth have decided to ‘end Gary O’Neil’s time as manager’, according to reports.
The former West Ham United player has been at the helm of the Cherries ever since they decided to part ways with Scott Parker. O’Neil was put in temporary charge after the former Fulham manager watched his side get pummelled 9-0 by a rampant Liverpool side.
And the Cherries reacted to his appointment very well, going on a six match unbeaten run that saw them beat Nottingham Forest and Leicester City, while also recording a notable draw away to Newcastle United. However, after four consecutive defeats, two of which being suffered having thrown away two goal leads against, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United, his tenure-ship is reportedly set to come to an end.
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According to TeamTalk, Bournemouth have decided he will not become the club’s next permanent manager. Their decision proceeds their 3-2 and 4-3 losses to Leeds and Tottenham.
These defeats meant they became the first side in Premier League history to lose two consecutive matches having led by a two goal margin in both. The Cherries are now residing in 17th position, where they are only one point above fellow South Coast side Southampton.
However, O’Neil could soon be set for his next appointment as Luton Town are believed to be courting him. With Town boss Nathan Jones reportedly set to depart the club for Southampton, a void at Kenilworth Road could open up for O’Neil.
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“Now Luton are already searching and I am told one name they like a lot if Gary O’Neil,” TEAMtalk insider Graeme Bailey understands. “He has performed admirably with Bournemouth, but they are looking elsewhere. Sources are telling us that their new owners are set to go with a foreign name.
“That will mean O’Neil is set to be available in the next week or so. And I am told that Luton like him a lot.” Bailey added.
Luton’s quest for the play-off places remains healthy as they currently reside in eighth position, just two points away from sixth placed Preston. They reached the play-off stages last season, but fell just short of reaching the final at Wembley.
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