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Bournemouth announce sacking of boss Gary O’Neil

LONDON (AFP) – Bournemouth have sacked Gary O’Neil as manager even though he kept the club in the Premier League last season.

O’Neil replaced Scott Parker at the end of August and led the team to a 15th place finish in the English top-flight.

Bournemouth owner Bill Foley said in a statement: “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.”

The statement said the appointment of a new head coach will be announced imminently.

O’Neil initially replaced Parker on an interim basis following a 9-0 hammering at Liverpool before being appointed permanently in November.

Bournemouth Manager Gary O’Neil. PHOTO: AP