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Football | Gary O'Neil named permanent Bournemouth manager

Bournemouth have made Gary O'Neil's position as interim manager permanent by agreeing an 18-month deal with the English coach.

O'Neil, 39, has won three and drawn four of his 12 matches as interim manager since replacing Scott Parker in the dugout at the Premier League club.

The club also have the option to extend former Premier League midfielder O'Neil's contract by an additional 12 months.

Bournemouth's upturn in form left them sitting in 14th place before the World Cup break, and also saw the Cherries defeat Everton in back-to-back games in the Carabao Cup and the league.

"Gary did an excellent job on an interim basis and the board are delighted to make his position as head coach permanent," chief executive Neill Blake told the club website.

"We have been impressed with the way he has conducted himself from the moment he joined the club and feel he has earned this opportunity to continue to take the team and the club forward."

O'Neil's first match as permanent manager will be an away trip to Newcastle in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 21st December.

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