Gary O'Neil Profile
|Born||May 18, 1983|
After a solid journeyman playing career, Gary O'Neil landed himself the Bournemouth manager’s job in the Premier League.
Hard-working midfielder O'Neil played for nine different clubs, including Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and West Ham. He spent of his career in the Premier League and Championship making over 500 appearances.
He won the First Division title at Portsmouth, and play-off finals with West Ham, QPR and Norwich.
O'Neil went into coaching after hanging up his boots in 2019 and less than two years after joining the coaching staff at Bournemouth he was given the manager's job full-time in November 2022.
O'Neil's playing career
London-born O'Neil was given his professional debut as a 16-year-old with then First Division club Portsmouth in 2000.
He netted his first goal the following season in a 3-0 victory over Barnsley that helped Portsmouth beat the drop to the Second Division.
O'Neil began to feature regularly in the Portsmouth first team from 2001 onwards and won the First Division title with them during the 2002/03 season. But a couple of loan spells to Walsall and Cardiff slowed his progress as the club looked to establish themselves in the Premier League.
Due to an injury crisis O'Neil was recalled from Cardiff during the 2004/05 season and swiftly returned to the first team.
O'Neil played an important role in keeping Portsmouth in the Premier League for the next three seasons, and was named Player of the Season in 2006.
He played nearly 200 games for Pompey before joining Premier League rivals Middlesbrough for £5million in August 2007.
O'Neil made 120 appearances across four seasons for Boro, but was unable to halt their eventual slide out of the top flight at the end of the 2008/09 season.
He returned to the top flight with West Ham in January 2011, as the club failed to beat the drop. In 2011/12 O'Neil played an important role in the Irons return to the Premier League via the play-offs.
O'Neil joined QPR are on a free transfer in August 2013, and was part of the squad that returned the west London club to the Premier League via the play-offs. Although he was sent-off for a professional foul in the final against Derby.
The following season he joined for Norwich City for the 2014/15 season and once again helped the club back to the Premier League via the play-offs.
After a season in the top flight with the Canaries he joined Bristol City for a season and then ended his career with Bolton, where he was named Player of the Season in the 2018/19 campaign - his last as a professional.
O'Neil's first managerial job at Bournemouth
O'Neil began his coaching career in Liverpool's under-23s in August 2020, but swiftly moved to the Bournemouth first-team coaching staff in January 2021.
He was part of the coaching staff as Bournemouth were promoted back to the Premier League in 2021/22 under manager Scott Parker, but then he got a rather surprising tap on the shoulder in August 2022.
Parker was sacked after a 9-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League and having voiced his unhappiness regarding the club's approach in the transfer market. O'Neil was asked to step in as caretaker manager.
O'Neil steadied the ship, winning two and drawing four of his first six games in charge.
After back-to-back wins over relegation rivals Everton in the Premier League and Carabao Cup he was given the Bournemouth manager's job on a full-time basis on an 18-month contract in late November 2022.
Gary O'Neil personal life
O'Neil married his wife Donna Guerin in 2006, and the couple have three children, Summer, Carter-Jae and Mila.
Gary O'Neil net worth
O'Neil is reportedly worth between £1-2million.
Gary O'Neil News
- Jan 27, 2023