Gary O’Neil wants Cherries to get points and not a permanent job in Bournemouth

Gary O’Neil wants Cherries to get points and not a permanent job in Bournemouth

Gary O’Neil wants Cherries to get points and not a permanent job in Bournemouth

Bournemouth interim boss Gary O’Neil isn’t sure if the impressive comeback win at Nottingham Forest will make him a candidate for the permanent job.

O’Neil is temporarily in charge after Scott Parker’s dismissal on Tuesday and a rollercoaster week was completed for his side by trailing 2-0 at halftime and winning 3-2 at the City Ground.

The first-half goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Brennan Johnson seemed to put Forest on course for the three points, but seven days after their humiliating 9-0 defeat at Liverpool, the cherries ran deep.

Phillip Billing got them back in with their first goal since the opening day of the season. Dominic Solanke tied the score just after the hour, while Jaidon Anthony sealed the win late in the day.

The former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough midfielder, who also led Bournemouth to a draw against Wolves mid-week, is unsure how this result will change the recruiting process.

“It is still ‘until further notice’. I have not spoken to anyone about it, I have been told to take over the team today and until further notice,” he said.

“I speak to you before I have spoken to anyone. As far as I know that is still the situation.

“I honestly haven’t thought about whether I want it permanently.

“I feel like my job at the moment is to get Bournemouth as many points as I can while I’m here. I’m completely focused on that.

“From the moment we came off the pitch, I thought we had to prepare for Brighton. Whether it’s me or someone else, we just have to find some peace in them and move on.”

A lot has happened since that record loss at Merseyside last weekend and O’Neil praised the resilience of his players.

“Very happy for the boys actually. We asked them at halftime to believe and go again,” he said. “To respond to that point after the week they’ve had says it all about this group.

“It’s an incredible group, they’re so committed, so relentless, they never know when they’re done. Two races at the trot they literally emptied the tank for me.

“Everyone at the club deserves it, everyone who has supported me over the past few days.

“They are elated, they need rest, just like me. They have been on a roller coaster of a journey since this time last Saturday.”

It was a day to forget for Forest, who would have seen it as an ideal three-point shot after defeats to Tottenham and Manchester City last week.

Kouyate’s header and Johnson’s penalty, after referee Michael Oliver made the rare call to uphold a decision after checking it on the monitor on the field, put them on course, but boss Steve Cooper was shocked by the events that occurred after the break.

“I didn’t see the second half coming. I thought we were very good in the first half and good for a two-goal lead,” said Cooper, whose side reached the bottom three after six games.

“We didn’t defend well enough for the first goal before the ball went into the net. That set the tone for the second half, and we didn’t manage that well.

“The second goal came from a set-piece. We should do better.

“Then there was an error by Scott (McKenna) for the third goal. That’s the first time he’s set a foot wrong since I’ve been here.

“But let’s not hide from the fact that we threw away a win. We didn’t do it in a very good way. We conceded three goals at home and there is nothing good about that.

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