GARY O’Neil has been sacked as Cherries boss, just weeks after guiding the club to Premier League safety.

The 40-year-old initially took charge of the club on an interim basis in August 2022, following the dismissal of Scott Parker.

He then took the reins on a permanent basis during the World Cup break. After a slow start to 2023, which saw the club eventually fall to the foot of the table in March, O'Neil guided Cherries on a run of five wins from seven in April.

He was nominated for Premier League manager of the month.

With safety secured, O'Neil tinkered with his team in the closing weeks of the campaign, overseeing four straight losses.

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It is understood the decision has been made with a view to finding a new manager who can help the club meet the ambitions of new owner Bill Foley, who has big plans for the club on and off the pitch.

The Daily Echo understands the decision to remove O'Neil as boss is in no way related to a report from The Sun last night, detailing a legal case involving a Premier League manager.

The Echo understands Cherries will announce their new manager later today.