Bournemouth sacks Gary O’Neil, appoints Andoni Iraola as club’s new head coach

AFC Bournemouth confirms parting ways with head coach Gary O'Neil and announces Andoni Iraola as the club's new head coach on a two-year deal.

After taking over as manager of the Premier League club less than seven months ago, Gary O’Neil has been confirmed sacked as head coach of the Cherries.

Gary leaves the club having spearheaded the club to 37 games last season, winning 10 and drawing six to maintain the club’s position in the top flight.

He was initially signed on an interim basis before being formally appointed to his first head coaching role in November.

“AFC Bournemouth owner and chairman Bill Foley explained: ‘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”.

“As a club, we have put plans in place for long-term success with improvements being made to infrastructure, most notably the development of a new state-of-the-art training facility and the ongoing discussions around upgrades to our stadium,” he said.

On appointing a new head coach, Bill commented saying, “The appointment of a new head coach will be announced imminently”.

A few minutes after the statement, Spanish coach, Andoni Iraola was confirmed as the new head coach of the club, following a three-year spell at Rayo Vallecano, with an 11th-placed finish in La Liga last season.

He earned promotion to the top flight in his first season with the Madrid club in 2020/21, before taking the team to the Copa del Rey semi-finals in the following campaign.

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