Liverpool manager latest as Gary O'Neil link shot down despite 'interview' claim

Gary O'Neil has emerged as a strong contender for the Liverpool job. He is currently contracted to Wolves. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)Gary O'Neil has emerged as a strong contender for the Liverpool job. He is currently contracted to Wolves. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Gary O'Neil has emerged as a strong contender for the Liverpool job. He is currently contracted to Wolves. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Could the Wolves chief be set for one of the biggest jobs in the Premier League?

Liverpool are not interested in appointing Wolves boss Gary O'Neil, despite the rumours.

O'Neil has reportedly been 'interviewed' to replace Jurgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool according to DaveOCKOP, an account that boasts 488,000 followers on Twitter. They claimed that there had been talks O'Neil taking the Anfield hot seat. James Pearce, the Liverpool journalist for The Athletic ruled O'Neil out of the running however. In a short tweet, he said: "Gary O’Neil is not under consideration for the #LFC job."

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As Klopp announced he'd be leaving at the end of the season, Xabi Alonso was made the firm favourite. He announced publicly though that he would be remaining at Bayer Leverkusen after leading them to the Bundesliga title and Europa League semi-finals. Ruben Amorim was another contender but now West Ham seems a possible destination for the Sporting CP boss who could take over from David Moyes.

O'Neil is familar to Liverpool having been part of the coaching staff of their under-23s team in 2020, working under Barry Lewtas. He moved to AFC Bournemouth to work under Scott Parker and during his time at the Vitality Stadium, he will have been there at the same time as Richard Hughes, who recently left the Cherries to become sporting director at Liverpool.

He is under contract at Molineux until 2026 and his stay could be extended. Sporting director Matt Hobbs admitted in early March that he wanted to reward O'Neil for the club's performances this season with a new contract. O’Neil was also linked with a role at Manchester United, where he would become a first-team coach but those rumours went flat.

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