Bournemouth Appoint Andoni Iraola As Manager

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 6/20/2023 12:50:20 PM

Madrid, June 19 Bournemouth announced they had hired Andoni Iraola as their new manager just hours after the shock sacking of Gary O'Neil on Monday. Iraola agreed a two-year contract with the Premier League club following the expiry of his contract with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano. The Spaniard's move to the Vitality Stadium came as a major surprise after O'Neil's impressive work in keeping Bournemouth in the English top flight last season. "We're so excited to welcome Andoni to the club," said Bournemouth chairman Bill Foley. "With his contract in Spain coming to an end this summer we wanted to act quickly." Iraola's three-year spell with Vallecano ended with an 11th-placed finish in La Liga this season. He earned promotion to La Liga in his first season with the club in 2020/21, before taking the team to the Copa Del Rey semi-finals in the following campaign. The 40-year-old, who had a long playing career with Athletic Bilbao, started his managerial journey at AEK Larnaca in Cyprus and also took charge of Segunda Division side Mirandes prior to joining Vallecano. Iraola was targeted by Leeds following their relegation from the Premier League this season, but he opted for the challenge of maintaining Bournemouth's progress in the top tier. "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," Foley said. "His achievements in Spain have certainly been very impressive and we're confident that he is the right man to lead our next chapter." The decision to dismiss O'Neil and appoint the relatively unheralded Iraola came as a shock to Cherries fans


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