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AFC Bournemouth: Manager, Stadium, Key Fixtures & Squad

Bournemouth will be aiming to kick on in the Premier League this season with new manager Andoni Iraola at the helm after safely avoiding relegation danger under Gary O'Neil last term.

Manager: Andoni Iraola
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Captain: Neto
Top League Scorer last season: Philip Billing (7)
Last season's finish: 15th

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Key fixtures

  • Opening Day (12th August 2023) - Bournemouth v West Ham
  • Boxing Day (26th December 2023) - Bournemouth v Fulham
  • Final Day (19th May 2024) - Chelsea v Bournemouth
  • Away Derby Day (24th September 2023) - Brighton v Bournemouth
  • Home Derby Day (27th April 2024) - Bournemouth v Brighton

Manager - Andoni Iraola

  • Date Joined - June 2023
  • Date of Birth - 22/06/1982
  • Nationality - Spanish
  • Previous Clubs - AEK Lanarca, Mirandes, Rayo Vallecano

Having garnered a reputation as one of the most promising managers in Spain in recent years after helping Mirandes and Rayo Vallecano punch above their weight, reaching the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with both clubs, Bournemouth's appointment of Andoni Iraola appeared a coup for the Cherries.

A disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, who was his manager during his playing days at Athletic Bilbao, Iraola is a progressive coach with an attacking philosophy revolving around an intense pressing game and emphasis upon counter-attacks.

Iraola's profile therefore renders him an ideal fit for the forward-thinking direction the Bournemouth board seem keen on heading down, with a squad comprised of young and hungry players striving to take their game to the next level in the Premier League.

Though it took a while for Iraola's ideas to bed in with Bournemouth failing to win any of their opening nine games, the Cherries have turned a corner hugely since. From the end of October to the middle of January, only Aston Villa and Liverpool took more points than Bournemouth, both having played more games.

What to expect from new Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola


Bournemouth - Vitality Stadium
  • Name - The Vitality Stadium/Dean Court
  • Capacity - 11,307
  • Record Attendance - 28,799 vs Manchester United (March 1957)
  • Opened - 1910 (Renovated in 2001)

Key Player - Dominic Solanke

  • Position - Striker
  • Date Joined - January 2019
  • Fee Paid - £19m
  • Nationality - English

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One to Watch - Milos Kerkez

  • Position - Left Back
  • Date Joined - July 2023
  • Fee Paid - £15.5m
  • Nationality - Hungarian




  • Hamed Junior Traore (Sassuolo - £20m)
  • Milos Kerkez (AZ Alkmaar - £15.5m)
  • Romain Faivre (Lyon - £12.8m)
  • Justin Kluivert (Roma - £10.25m)
  • Enes Unal (Getafe - Loan)


  • Ben Pearson (Stoke City - Undisclosed)
  • Siriki Dembele (Birmingham City - Undisclosed)
  • Christian Saydee (Portsmouth - Undisclosed)
  • Jefferson Lerma (Crystal Palace - Free)
  • Jordan Zemura (Udinese - Free)
  • Jack Stacey (Norwich - Free)
  • Romain Faivre (FC Lorient - Loan)
  • Will Dennis (Kilmarnock - Loan)
  • Junior Stanislas (End of contract)
  • Hamed Junior Traore (Napoli - Loan)
  • David Brooks (Southampton - Loan)
  • Joe Rothwell (Southampton - Loan)
  • Kieffer Moore (Ipswich Town - Loan)
  • Emiliano Marcondes (Hibernian - Loan)
  • Gavin Kilkenny (Fleetwood Town - Loan)

Last season's performance

Widely tipped to go straight back down after minimal investment in the transfer market following their promotion from the Championship, Bournemouth were able to upset the odds to finish safely afloat of the relegation zone in 15th last term.

Starting the campaign under Scott Parker, the Cherries suffered three emphatic defeats in their opening four matches - 4-0 away to Man City, 3-0 at home to Arsenal and a crushing 9-0 defeat at Anfield against Liverpool - leading to the ex-England midfielder losing his job.

A member of Parker's coaching staff, ex-Middlesbrough and West Ham midfielder Gary O'Neil was installed as caretaker manager at the Vitality Stadium, beginning his tenure with an impressive six-match unbeaten run to steer Bournemouth well clear of the relegation places.

O'Neil was eventually hired on a permanent basis in November, and with money to spend in January following an American takeover by a consortium including Hollywood actor Michael B. Jordan, Bournemouth were able to pick up the results required in the second half of the season to avoid a relegation battle with relative comfort.

This season's performance

Taking the surprise decision to remove O'Neil as manager despite his ability to lead the club to Premier League survival, Bournemouth appeared to be moving in a new direction with Rayo Vallecano boss Andoni Iraola appointed as the Englishman's replacement.

The Cherries invested heavily in young up-and-coming talent from across Europe, with Marcos Senesi, Dango Ouattara and Ilya Zabarnyi brought in for around £55m over the course of last season and Justin Kluivert, Hamed Traore and Milos Kerkez signed this summer for a further outlay in the region of £45m.

This level of expenditure in the transfer market is a clear signal of Bournemouth's ambition, with the club's hierarchy appearing to be keen to emulate the kind of model which has proved so effective for the likes of Brentford and Brighton in the Premier League - focused on recruiting and developing highly-rated young players.

This approach has proved successful for Bournemouth and Iraola so far this term, with the Cherries sat safely in mid-table whilst playing some extremely eye-catching football at the Vitality Stadium.

Last five seasons

SeasonLeague finish
2022/2315th (Premier League)
2021/222nd (Championship)
2020/216th (Championship)
2019/2018th (Premier League)
2018/1912th (Premier League)

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