Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is a leading candidate for the vacant Bournemouth job

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EXCLUSIVE: Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is a leading candidate for the vacant Bournemouth job, with a new manager set to be appointed after their £150m takeover is complete

  • Scott Parker was sacked as Bournemouth boss after behind the scenes issues 
  • Gary O’Neil has been in charge as interim manager for the past few games
  • Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is one of the favourites to replace him
  • A new manager will be appointed once the Cherries’ US takeover is finalised

Chris Wilder will be among the leading candidates to take charge of Bournemouth when the American takeover of the club is finalised.

Sportsmail understands the current Middlesbrough boss is high on the list of those being considered by the prospective new owners, headed by NHL franchise supremo Bill Foley.

The £150million buyout could be completed by the end of next month.

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is among the front runners to take the Bournemouth job

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is among the front runners to take the Bournemouth job

Gary O'Neil is currently in charge on an interim basis and will continue for the time being

Gary O’Neil is currently in charge on an interim basis and will continue for the time being

The Cherries are managerless after Scott Parker was sacked just four games into the Premier League season and Gary O’Neil is expected to remain in interim charge for the time being.

However, former Sheffield United boss Wilder – who took the Blades from League One to ninth in the Premier League – is thought to be admired by the Americans.

The 55-year-old was appointed by Boro last November but his side are currently third from bottom in the Championship.

Scott Parker was the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season

Scott Parker was the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season

While the combination of owner Steve Gibson and Wilder had looked the perfect match after an excellent start, there was tension behind the scenes this summer with differences over opinion regarding recruitment. 

Wilder was also linked with Burnley in April.

Were Bournemouth to make an approach down the line, it is unlikely to be met with resistance.

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