Bournemouth has sacked manager Gary O’Neil despite the Englishman helping it secure its top-flight survival last season, the Premier League club said in a statement on Monday.
O’Neil took over from Scott Parker on an interim basis in August before being handed the job full-time in November.
He steered Bournemouth to a 15th-placed finish in the league last season, but its form trailed off towards the end of the campaign, which it ended with four defeats in a row.
“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,” Bournemouth owner Bill Foley said.
“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.”
American businessman Foley, who took over Bournemouth in December, added that the change in manager would help the club better execute its strategy in the coming months.
“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,” Foley said.
“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.”
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