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The pressure is mounting on Andoni Iraola after a winless start at Bournemouth

The pressure is mounting on Andoni Iraola after a winless start at Bournemouth

Bournemouth will consider the future of head coach Andoni Iraola if they fail to register their first Premier League win of the season this weekend, 90min understands.

The Cherries signed Iraola in the summer after deciding to sack Gary O’Neil, who had kept the club afloat after taking over from Scott Parker earlier in the season.

However, Iraola’s reign at the Vitality Stadium has been difficult and they currently sit second in the Premier League. Bournemouth are without a win in their eight games so far and the pressure increased at the weekend as former manager O’Neil brought his new Wolves side to the south coast and inflicted a 2-1 defeat.

Sources have told 90min Bournemouth are fully after Iraola, but failure to beat Burnley on Saturday could have serious consequences for the Spaniard.

While Bournemouth are not looking to replace Iraola, there are candidates who appeal to the club. One is former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch, who attracted the Cherries’ interest in the summer.

Bournemouth’s new owner Bill Foley decided he wanted O’Neil out of the way and soon managed to sign Iraola, who had built his reputation in Spain with Rayo Vallecano. He turned down the chance to take over at Leeds United earlier this year.

Iraola is yet to win a league game with Bournemouth / Robin Jones / GettyImages

But speaking earlier this month, Foley took responsibility for the change, although he acknowledged the idea to appoint Iraola came from athletic director Richard Hughes.

“First I listened to Richard Hughes and Simon Francis, one of his top assistants. They were fascinated by Andoni. They convinced Neill Blake (CEO) that this was a move we have a chance to make, we have a chance to make and if we don’t do this, we will regret it in the future,” he told US podcast Men In Blazers.

“That’s really all they had to tell me. I did a little research on Andoni and I was happy that he would be an agent of change and that’s what I always look for, how can we change, be more efficient and constantly improve .I believe he will.

“People say you might have made a mistake. I said, if I’ve made a mistake, it’s on me, I’m responsible, because I was involved in the decision-making.”