BOURNEMOUTH are lining up a shock swoop for Marcelo Bielsa as they look to finally replace Scott Parker, according to reports.

The 42-year-old was dismissed in August following a humiliating 9-0 drubbing against Liverpool.

Bournemouth want ex-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to take over, say reports

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Bournemouth want ex-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to take over, say reportsCredit: PA

Gary O’Neil has enjoyed mixed fortunes since taking over on an interim basis.

An early period of positive results saw speculation of a permanent replacement for Parker die down.

But now The Athletic report the Cherries are considering ex-Leeds boss Bielsa as their new manager.

The Argentine has been out of a job after his sacking at Elland Road – where fans still hold him in very high esteem – earlier this year.

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The report claims prospective new owner Bill Foley considers finding a permanent manager was high on the club’s list of priorities.

If Bournemouth could land the 67-year-old as boss it would be an incredible, headline-grabbing appointment.

While things unravelled in Bielsa’s second Premier League season, his first time managing in England’s top flight saw him guide newly-promoted Leeds to ninth.

Bielsa is an extremely experienced coach and has managed the likes of Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lille during his long career.

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In contrast, this caretaker stint is Gary O’Neil’s first foray into management and he has impressed for the most part.

His reign began with a six-game unbeaten run that brought renewed life to the Vitality Stadium.

But the bubble has since burst and Bournemouth have lost their last four league games.

A midweek Carabao Cup win over Everton could help get the Cherries back on track.

Bournemouth’s next game – and last before the World Cup – will again be at home to the Toffees as they aim to move further away from the relegation zone.



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