Bournemouth interim Gary O'Neil remains in the dark over his future

Bournemouth interim Gary O’Neil remains in the dark over his and the club’s managerial future as he reveals he has ‘no idea what is happening’ following impressive Newcastle draw

  • Scott Parker was sacked as manager after calling out the club’s transfer strategy
  • Gary O’Neill has been in interim charge since Parker’s dismissal last month
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in the three games under their interim coach  

Bournemouth interim manager Gary O’Neil has revealed he has ‘no idea’ over the club’s decision on who their next head coach will be. 

O’Neil took on the job on an initial temporary basis after Scott Parker was dismissed having called out the club’s strategy in the transfer market following a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool. 

Speaking after his side’s 1-1 at Newcastle, a result that leaves them 12th in the league after seven games, O’Neil told BBC Sport: ‘I will be finding out what’s happening club wise next week and see what the plan is happening.

Gary O’Neil (C, R) said he remained in the dark over his managerial future at Bournemouth

‘If it is me we’ll get back to work on the grass with the lads. I have no idea what’s happening – I knew I was taking today and I don’t know about further, I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.’

Bournemouth remain unbeaten under O’Neil after losing three of their opening four fixtures under Parker. The interim coach appears to have sured up their backline, with the Cherries also appearing more solid and assured in their overall play. 

Alexander Isak’s second goal in a Newcastle shirt cancelled out Philip Billing’s opener, though O’Neill admitted after the game that he deemed it a good point for Bournemouth on their travels.

Philip Billing gave Bournemouth a surprise lead at Newcastle on the hour mark – they went on to draw the game 

‘It is a good point for us, it is a tough place to come. The boys stood up,’ he said. 

‘I am a little bit disappointed with the penalty but we would have taken a point before. I am pleased the boys got something out of it because they put in a hell of a shift.

‘We had a couple of plans prepared so the boys were prepared to flip between them. We changed it a little bit second half and had to give up a little bit of ground but I never really felt under threat. I am relatively pleased.

Alexander Isak’s 67th minute penalty rescued a 1-1 draw for Newcastle against Bournemouth

‘They [the players] will show spirit every game. It is such a tough league so we will reset. This game means nothing as of tomorrow. 

‘This game won’t help you in the next one. I am just delighted for the lads, everyone, the fans because it is a hell of a long way to come. We appreciate their support – the boys need them in those tough moments where they have to dig in.’

Bournemouth host Brentford following the international break. It is expected a decision will have been made by then. 

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