Andoni Iraola, Bournemouth’s Manager, Likely to Be the First Premier League Manager Axed as Cherries Remain Without a Win After Nine Games and Languish in 19th Position

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Expect Bournemouth to pull the trigger on the first Premier League managerial sacking this season with Andoni Iraola working on borrowed time after just nine matches.

The Cherries are in the relegation zone without a win and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Wolves was another showing of how everything is going wrong for the Spaniard.

Dominic Solanke put Bournemouth ahead before Matheus Cunha pulled Wolves level and Cherries midfielder Lewis Cook was sent off for headbutting Hwang Hee-Chan.

Then keeper Neto gifted Wolves and Iraola’s predecessor Gary O’Neil a late winner taken by Sasa Kalajdzic. 

‘We have to be worried,’ said Iraola. ‘Now it’s a matter of finding ways to win. I haven’t talked with the board but it’s not a matter of my situation. 

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola will be wary of becoming the first manager this season to lose his job

Lewis Cook was sent off in the Cherries game against Wolves for this headbutt on Hwang Hee-Chan

Lewis Cook was sent off in the Cherries game against Wolves for this headbutt on Hwang Hee-Chan

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‘It is a matter of how we can solve this in the best way.’

‘Nobody should be concerned about me, they should be concerned about Bournemouth winning games. 

‘I am sure the supporters shouldn’t care about me, they care about their team winning games it has to be like this,’ said the Bournemouth manager.

‘All the games not only this one are things that are costing us the wins because even against Forest at the end it was a mistake, today winning and then situations with things. 

‘You are going to have mistakes but they are costing us too much.

‘Lewis [Cook] was the first one to apologise, he knows he made the mistake but it’s true he left us in a difficult situation. 

‘We were close to taking one point but we conceded in possibly the worst way for the second one,’ added Iraola. 

MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS

Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Neto 4 (C), Aarons 6, Zabarnyi 6, Kelly 6, Kerkez 6 (Senesi 85′ 5) , Scott 5 (Rothwell 57′ 5), Cook 3, Tavernier 5 (Ouattara 75′ 5), Billing 7, Brooks 5 (Christie 57′ 6), Solanke 7 (Moore 85′ 5) 

Unused subs: Radu, Smith, Kluivert, Semenyo 

Scorers: Solanke 17′ 

Booked: Zabarnyi, Scott 

Red card: Cook 54′ 

Manager: Andoni Iraola 6 

Wolves: (3-4-3): Sa 6, Kilman 6 (C), Dawson 6, T Gomes 5 (Sarabia 57′ 6), Doherty 6, J Gomes 4 (Doyle 45′ 7), Traore 6, Ait-Nouri 6, Neto 7, Cunha 7 (Kalajdzic 82′ 6), Hwang 7 

Unused subs: Bentley, Bueno, Silva, Otto, Hodge, Fraser 

Scorers: Cunha 47′ Kalajdzic 88′ 

Booked: Cunha, Traore, Sarabia, Neto, Hwang, Kilman 

Manager: Gary O’Neil 7 

Referee: Paul Tierney 7 

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