Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker was sacked by the club just less than four weeks into the new Premier League season.
After an unsuccessful fight against relegation in the 2020/21 Premier League, Parker left Fulham at the end of the season. The same day Parker left Fulham, it was announced that he would be Bournemouth’s new coach, taking over from Jonathan Woodgate. The Englishman penned a three-year deal with the Cherries. He guided Bournemouth to Premier League promotion just over a year later.
Bournemouth suffered a heavy 9-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, after which he made a few comments in the post-match press conference that the club’s heirarchy were not pleased with. In the press conference, Parker said many things, including making a comment that his team well “ill-equipped” to compete at Premier League level.
The defeat came as a shock after Bournemouth opened their season with a 2-0 win against Aston Villa before falling to defeats against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool over the weekend. The trashing suffered at Anfield put Bournemouth in the record books, as they recorded the worst goal difference in English top-flight history after four games of a season.
When asked about the loss, Parker said: “It goes without saying, it is a real humbling experience and one which was pretty shell-shocking in the sense of the result. I am not surprised in terms of the level we are playing against here and the quality is just far greater than what we have at this present time. It is not me making an excuse because there are some goals in that game which were down to our doing: the set-play goals were really poor and we could do something about that. I feel sorry for the fans, I feel sorry for the players because we are just a bit underequipped at this level from where we’ve come from and what we have. It has been difficult.
This was after the club failed to provide quality signings in the summer, having only brought in Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough and Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord alongside the free transfers of Ryan Fredericks, Joe Rothwell and former FC Barcelona goalkeeper Neto.
Bournemouth co-owner Maxim Demin, did not hold back in his statement announcing Parker’s departure: I would like to place on record my gratitude to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us. Our promotion back to the Premier League last season under his tenure will always be remembered as one of the most successful seasons in our history.
“However, in order for us to keep progressing as a team and a club as a whole, it is unconditional that we are aligned in our strategy to run the club sustainably. We must also show belief in and respect for one another.”That is the approach that has brought this club so much success in recent history, and one that we will not veer from now. Our search for a new head coach will begin immediately.”
The sacking of Scott Parker is also the first the first Premier League manager to be sacked in August since Sir Bobby Robson back in 2004.
Scott Parker was in charge of Bournemouth for 55 matches, winning 29, drawing 13 and losing 13 while averaging 1.82 points per match according to Transfermarkt.
Gary O’Neil will become the interim coach and will be assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick. Bournemouth sit 16th in the Premier League table and will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.
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