Premier League: Bournemouth confirm shock sacking of manager Gary O'Neil despite surviving relegation battle

By India Today Sports Desk: Bournemouth have sacked manager Gary O’Neil after just 37 games in charge despite keeping them in the Premier League last season. O’Neil guided the Cherries to a 15th-place finish in the Premier League last season.

The Englishman took over as an interim head coach following the sacking of Scott Parker in August and was subsequently given an 18-month deal by the club in November.

In a statement released by the club, owner and chairman Bill Foley thanked O’Neil for his work in the 2022/23 season, adding that the change is being made keeping in mind the best interests of the club.

“Gary's achievement last season is one I will always be grateful for. This has been a difficult decision, but it has been made with great consideration to best position ourselves ahead of the coming season. Gary will go on to have a long career as a head coach or manager, but we feel that, at this moment in time, a change is in the best interests of this football club,” said Foley.

He went on to say that Bournemouth are looking to improve their infrastructure and have identified several targets that they will be chasing in the summer transfer window. Bournemouth also confirmed that they would be announcing the signing of a new manager soon.

"As a club, we have put plans in place for long-term success with improvements being made to infrastructure. We have also identified a number of significant targets in the transfer market this summer and believe this change in direction will provide us with the best platform from which to build,” Foley added.

O’Neil helped Bournemouth stay in the top-flight of English football with four games remaining in the season, guiding the club to 10 wins and six draws.

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