OWNER Bill Foley says he is “thrilled” Andoni Iraola has put pen-to-paper on a contract extension at Cherries, stating the Spaniard has “made a huge impact” at the club.

Iraola joined Cherries last summer, controversially replacing Gary O’Neil as head coach.

After a slow start, the 41-year-old, formerly of Rayo Vallecano, has more than proven his quality in the Premier League, guiding Cherries to their all-time record points total at this level.

Iraola’s efforts have also seen him named on a five-man shortlist for the Premier League manager of the season award.

Discussing Iraola’s new deal, which sees him tied to Cherries until 2026, Foley said: “Andoni has made a huge impact since arriving at the club and we are thrilled to agree to this extension.

“We have achieved a club-record points tally in the Premier League thanks to a series of excellent performances and results from the team.

“The players have clearly bought into his footballing philosophy and our supporters have really taken to him.

“We look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Cherries finish their season at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Sunday (4pm), still with hopes of clinching a top-half Premier League finish for just the second time.