Caretaker boss Gary O’Neil says his only focus has been on preparing Bournemouth for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, amid reports of a possible takeover of the Cherries and ongoing speculation over his future role (Match betting – Newcastle 4/9, draw 19/5, Bournemouth 7/1).

Bournemouth placed O’Neil in charge after sacking Scott Parker following the 9-0 humiliation at Liverpool last month and the former midfielder has so far overseen one draw and one win, picking up a point in a goalless stalemate against Wolves before a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory at Nottingham Forest.

His side go to St James’ Park on Saturday and there is talk O’Neil could be handed an extended spell in charge amid reports a US-based consortium is hoping to buy club from current owner Maxim Demin.

However, O’Neil says he is ignoring all the speculation and remains fully focused on preparing his players to face former Cherries boss Eddie Howe and his Magpies’ side.

He said: “I am not involved in any sort of discussions like that. I have been hard at work over the other side on the grass. Takeovers and discussions of that level are obviously a long way from my mind and what I’m focused on, which is Newcastle. It’s going to be a big test.”

He added: “Literally, every minute of my day is taken up by how we go about Newcastle, since I heard the Brighton game was off.”

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Injured duo Joe Rothwell and Ben Pearson are both still out for the visitors, who are 14th in the Premier League table with seven points from six games, but Junior Stanislas is fit following a groin injury.

Newcastle trio Bruno Guimaraes, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson are all hoping to be fit enough to return, while recent signing Loris Karius is set to replace back-up goalkeeper Karl Darlow – who has an ankle injury – on the bench.

Jonjo Shelvey and Emil Krafth are still sidelined for the hosts, who are also on seven points from their first six games but they sit up in 11th with a much better goal-difference than the south coast outfit.

Bournemouth are 4/9 to be relegated this season and 25/1 to secure a top-half finish, while Newcastle are 50/1 to go down and 2/7 to finish in the top 10.

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