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Bournemouth sack O'Neil despite PL survival

Bournemouth have sacked Gary O'Neil despite the head coach keeping the club in the Premier League last season.

O'Neil took over as interim head coach following the sacking of Scott Parker in August and was given an 18-month deal in November.

He picked up 36 points during his time in charge and guided the club to a 15th-placed finish in the Premier League, with many believing he was a Manager of the Year candidate.

Explaining the decision, Bournemouth owner Bill Foley said "we have identified a number of significant targets in the transfer market" and "this change in direction will provide us with the best platform from which to build.

"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. I would like to place on record my thanks to Gary and wish him all the best for the future."

Foley also added "a new head coach will be announced shortly".

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