Bournemouth are poised to hand former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Gary O'Neil the permanent manager's job.
O'Neil has been in caretaker charge of the Cherries since the South Coast club parted company with former boss Scott Parker at the end of August. Bournemouth won promotion back to the Premier League last season.
Since then, O'Neil has overseen the Cherries sit in the middle of the bottom half of the top flight table. They sit 14th as things stand in the Premier League.
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The South Coast club went into the break on a high after a 3-0 victory over Everton. The top flight is poised to to resume in in the festive period.DON'T MISS:
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O'Neil ended his career at Wanderers in the 2018/19 season. He played 31 games and scored three times in that campaign.
Former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa had also been in the frame for the vacant post at Bournemouth. Talks had been taking place with the Argentine.
But according to the Telegraph, these talks have now broken down. It paves the way for O'Neil to become the new permanent boss of the Cherries, and the former Wanderers midfielder is reportedly said to be planning four new signings in the upcoming January transfer window.
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