Bournemouth caretaker boss Gary O’Neil remains focused amid takeover talks

Bournemouth caretaker manager Gary O’Neil will continue to focus on football as speculation mounts over a Vitality Stadium takeover.

A Las Vegas-led consortium backed by Golden Knights ice hockey team owner Bill Foley is pushing to buy the south coast club, which returned to the Premier League this season after a two-year absence of the elite.

Reports suggest Cherries owner Maxim Demin, Bournemouth’s sole shareholder since 2019, is close to agreeing to sell – with a £150million offer reportedly on the table.

O’Neil took over first-team duties after Scott Parker was sacked just four Premier League games into the new season.

Since the change of dugout, which followed a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool, O’Neil has presided over a three-game unbeaten run.

With back-to-back home games against Brentford and Leicester currently down, O’Neil believes there is an opportunity to keep pushing forward on the pitch – no matter what might happen in the boardroom.

“I don’t think the takeover, or anything that’s going on in the background, has any impact on myself or the team of players or how we prepare or how we feel. “, O’Neil said.

“It made no difference in how I felt about this game and the other games.

“We are just preparing for another game. The boys are extremely professional and ready to go.

“Whatever happens outside our dressing room is not going to affect us in any way. We are just going to be relentless in how we prepare.

The appointment of a new permanent head coach doesn’t seem any closer either, but until further notice, O’Neil will simply continue the work in progress.

“(Technical Director) Richard Hughes and (General Manager) Neil Blake who I’m in regular contact with, and they keep me up to date on what I need to know,” O’Neil said.

“Obviously I’m happy with that and where everything is, but in terms of updates, nothing at all from me.

“I will not share any private internal conversations that we have. I think the important thing is that I am kept informed.

“I know exactly where things stand and I’m happy with my situation, which is still in charge of taking the team on until further notice, which I’m delighted to do.”

O’Neil reported no new selection issues after the international break.

“Everyone came back well from their internationals, so I’m happy with that,” he said.

“I’m excited for the game, excited to see what the boys can do on Saturday.

“It’s the first home game for a while and I’m looking forward to it. The boys are well placed and I’m looking forward to it.

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