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Iraola replaces O’Niel on Bournemouth bench

After sacking Gary O’Neil, Bournemouth has appointed Andoni Iraola as their new head coach.

After recently finishing a three-season tenure as the manager of LaLiga team Rayo Vallecano, the Spaniard Iraola, whom Leeds had previously sought after, made himself available.

The Vitality Stadium has secured a two-year contract with the 40-year-old former Spain and Athletic Bilbao defender.

Bournemouth confirmed his imminent arrival in the Premier League just hours after issuing a statement announcing the surprise dismissal of O’Neil.

Bournemouth chairman Bill Foley said: “We’re so excited to welcome Andoni to the club. With his contract in Spain coming to an end this summer, we wanted to act quickly.

“He was highly sought after by other clubs across the continent, and his style of play has been an important factor in making this decision.”

Turning 41 on Thursday, Iraola commenced his managerial journey with AEK Larnaca in 2018, followed by a season at Mirandes. He subsequently led Vallecano to LaLiga promotion in 2021 and achieved mid-table finishes, along with a notable Copa del Rey semi-final run in 2022, attracting interest from Leeds.

Thus, Starting next month, Iraola and his coaching team will commence work with Bournemouth’s squad, with their inaugural competitive match scheduled against West Ham at home on Saturday, August 12.

Furthermore, Foley continued: “His achievements in Spain have certainly been very impressive, and we’re confident that he is the right man to lead our next chapter.

“We have identified a number of targets in the transfer market, which along with our January additions will supplement our strong playing squad to give Andoni the best chance to consolidate our Premier League status and keep progressing.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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