Gary O’Neil, manager of the Bournemouth keeper, says his focus is only on the next game amid speculation about a possible takeover.
The PA news agency has figured out that a Las Vegas-led consortium is pushing to buy the club, which is back in the Premier League again this season after two years out of the top flight.
Cherry owner Maxim Demin, Bournemouth’s sole shareholder since 2019, is thought to be considering selling, with US investors set to pay £ 150m to take over Vitality Stadium.
O’Neil was assigned to the first team when Scott Parker was sacked after just four Premier League games, culminating in a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool.
After stabilizing the ship with a goalless draw against Wolves, O’Neil presided over a 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest, where they had lost 2-0 at half-time.
Bournemouth will travel to Newcastle on Saturday for a meeting with former manager Eddie Howe, which O’Neil insists is all he has thought of.
“Obviously I’m not involved in discussions like that (acquisition). I worked hard on the other side, on the grass, ”O’Neil said.
“I haven’t considered anything about acquisitions, discussions upstairs, my position, whatever it is, is.
“My wife and kids will tell you, every minute of my day so far since (postponed Brighton match) is Newcastle, on a laptop or on the grass with the boys.
“Focus focus on how we go there, impact the game and get a positive result again.”
O’Neil said at the press conference: “Newcastle are a very good team.
“Every game I have seen, they have been frontline, aggressive and have caused problems for the teams, so they should probably have more points than they have. I expect them to be at the top of the table this year. “
O’Neil feels his players can produce the required level of performance after trying to move forward after Anfield’s nightmare.
“I’ve talked a lot about the qualities of the team and you have no choice but to recover,” he said. “Once again, I have full confidence in what they will show me on Saturday.
“In order for every team to be successful, they have a real union and want to achieve something.
“Last year’s promotion was tough at times and the group overcame all the difficulties. People could have asked questions and then the team could go to Huddersfield and beat Forest, show up for big games in high pressure situations. That’s how they are, they are an incredible group ”.
Midfielder David Brooks suffered a setback when playing for the under-21s as he continues his cancer recovery.
“He had some hamstring pain, which initially disappointed him. That said, it’s not unusual for a player who has been off the grass for a long time, ”O’Neil said.
“When the players come back, there is always a spell where they need to get their body used to being on the grass. They have to adapt to the stress of playing football every day.
“I’m not surprised it happened, but I’m disappointed for him. We would never rush him back, so we’ll see how he is doing in the coming weeks. “