By Pete O'Rourke

24th Nov, 2022 | 9:04am

Sources: Bournemouth to appoint Gary O'Neil permanently after deal agreed

Bournemouth have reached a full agreement with Gary O’Neil to be their new manager, sources have told Football Insider.

The site broke the news on Monday that the Premier League club’s talks with Marcelo Bielsa had collapsed after reaching an advanced stage.

Bournemouth have instead turned to O’Neil to take on the reins on a full-time basis after an impressive three-month caretaker stint.

The 39-year-old has agreed the terms of a two-and-a-half year deal with the Cherries, running until the summer of 2025.

It is believed that Bournemouth are planning to announce the appointment on Friday (25 November).

The south-coast outfit had targeted Bielsa, 67, and were in advanced talks with him following extensive negotiations, going so far as to offer the job to the Argentine.

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But they were unable to reach a full agreement with Bielsa, who is renowned as a tough negotiator.

Bournemouth are now poised to hand O’Neil the job on a full-time basis.

He has been in interim charge since Scott Parker was surprisingly sacked in late August, just a few matches after spearheading the club to promotion.

The Cherries went six games unbeaten under temporary boss O’Neil but suffered four consecutive league defeats before their surprise 3-0 win over Everton before the mid-season break.

That triumph left the club 14th in the Premier League, although only three points above the relegation zone.

A former Liverpool Under-23s coach, O’Neil joined Bournemouth’s senior coaching staff in February 2021 when Jonathan Woodgate was the manager.

He stayed on following Woodgate’s dismissal and has been highly valued by the club for his role on the coaching ground and in developing the players.

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