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Bournemouth interim Gary O’Neil remains in the dark about his future as manager and that of the club

Bournemouth interim manager Gary O’Neil has revealed he has “no idea” about the club’s decision on who its next head coach will be.

O’Neil initially took on the job on a temporary basis after Scott Parker was sacked after announcing the club’s strategy on the transfer market following a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Following his side’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle, a result that leaves them 12th in the league after seven games, O’Neil told BBC Sport: ‘I’ll find out what’s happening at the club next week and see what the plan happens.

“If it’s me, we’ll get back to work with the boys on the lawn. I have no idea what’s happening – I knew I was taking today and I don’t know, I think I’ll find out tomorrow.

Bournemouth remain unbeaten under O’Neil after losing three of their first four games under Parker. The caretaker coach appears to have strengthened his defensive line, with the Cherries also appearing more solid and confident in their overall game.

Alexander Isak’s second goal in a Newcastle shirt canceled out Philip Billing’s opening goal, although O’Neill admitted after the game he thought it was a good point for Bournemouth on their journey.

“It’s a good point for us, it’s a difficult place. The boys got up,’ he said.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the penalty, but we would have gotten a point beforehand. I’m glad the guys got some of that because they put in a damn good shift.

“We had a few plans prepared so the guys were prepared to switch back and forth between them. We changed it up a bit in the second half and had to lose a bit of ground, but I never really felt threatened. I’m relatively happy.

‘She [the players] will show spirit in every game. It’s such a tough league so we’re going to reset. This game means nothing from tomorrow.

“This game won’t help you in the next one. I’m just happy for the guys, everyone, the fans, because it’s a hell of a long way. We appreciate their support – the boys need it in these difficult moments when they have to settle in.”

Bournemouth host Brentford after the international break. A decision can be expected by then.

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