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Gary O'Neil

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Personal Details

  • Country of Birth
  • Status
  • Joined Club
    30 August 2022
  • Age
    39 years 312 days
  • Date of Birth
  • Premier League Seasons
  • Premier League Debut Match
    Wolverhampton Wanderers (h),
    31 August 2022, Drawn 0 - 0

Manager Bio

Gary O’Neil has been the head coach of AFC Bournemouth since August 2022.

As a player, the midfielder made 214 Premier League appearances across spells with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, West Ham United and Norwich City. He scored 16 goals and provided 16 assists in the competition.

O’Neil’s first job in coaching came in August 2010 as the assistant manager of Liverpool’s Under-23s.

Six months later he joined AFC Bournemouth’s senior staff under head coach Jonathan Woodgate, who had been a team-mate at Middlesbrough, and then Scott Parker, a fellow midfielder at West Ham.

O’Neil was part of the staff as the Cherries won promotion from the Championship in 2021/22.  

When the club’s Premier League return began with three defeats from four matches, culminating in a 9-0 loss to Liverpool, O’Neil took the reins as interim head coach at the end of August 2022.

He immediately led his side on a six-match unbeaten run, earning a nomination for September’s Barclays Manager of the Month award.

On 27 November 2022 he was named the permanent head coach on an 18-month contract, which has the option to be extended for a further year.

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