IT IS business as usual for Gary O’Neil, with the interim head coach stressing he is happy to take charge of Cherries game-by-game – whilst also sharing he’d like to remain at the Vitality Stadium even if he does not get the job.
Now six weeks into the role and approaching his fifth game in charge of the first team, O’Neil remains favourite with the bookies to be handed the role full time, as of writing.
Unbeaten in his first four games in management, the former Portsmouth midfielder has helped stabilise Cherries following a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool and the departure of Scott Parker.
Despite looking comfortable in the hot seat, and harbouring ambitions of management, O’Neil shared he was content with his current arrangement, before revealing how he would be in “no rush” to leave if he reverted back to his previous role as first team coach.
He stated: “I think I aim to manage a football team permanently.
“That's always been my goal since I started coaching.
“The more I do this, obviously the better I'm going to get at it.
“But it doesn't change my outlook on what's going on here. I'm really happy with the situation as it is and happy to take it game by game.
“I've been here a relatively long time in football now anyway, so I feel at home here because I've been here for 18 months.
“I get on great with everybody from upstairs, Richard Hughes, Neill Blake, to the guys that we work closely with over in the pavilion and training ground.
“So, yeah, I love it here. I’m in no rush to get away.”