Bournemouth announce Andoni Iraola as their new boss on a two-year deal – just hours after shock sacking of Gary O’Neil – as the club reveal they acted quickly to hire the ‘impressive’ Spaniard after leaving Rayo Vallecano
Bournemouth have appointed Andoni Iraola as their new manager – just hours after sacking Gary O’Neil – with the former Rayo Vallecano boss signing a new two-year deal at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries announced the shock news O’Neil was set to leave his post, despite leading the club to an unlikely survival in the top flight last season – finishing in 15th place – and Andoni will now look to build on that position.
He arrives at Bournemouth after his contract came to an end with LaLiga side Rayo, where he spent three years, and club chief Bill Foley said they acted quickly to get him on board.
‘We’re so excited to welcome Andoni to the club,’ AFC Bournemouth owner and chairman Bill Foley said. ‘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. 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.’
More to follow.