Scott Parker has been sacked by Bournemouth just four Premier League matches into the season. Parker leaves the Cherries following Saturday’s 9-0 drubbing at Liverpool.
The former Tottenham and West Ham midfielder was understandably despondent after succumbing to Jurgen Klopp’s side in emphatic fashion. And it appears that was the final straw for the Bournemouth chiefs.
Parker lasted 14 months at the Vitality Stadium after being appointed in June 2021. He led Bournemouth to promotion from the Championship in his first season in charge.
However, co-owner Maxim Demin claims the decision was made in order for the club to progress on and off the pitch. He thanked Parker for his efforts in a statement on the club’s website.
Demin said: “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.
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However, Parker’s side conceded 16 goals in their next three matches against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. They failed to register a goal themselves in those matches but did beat Norwich on penalties in the EFL Cup second round.
Parker described Saturday’s loss as his toughest day in football. But he admits he was not surprised, claiming his team are some way off the level required to play in the English top flight.
Speaking at the weekend, the 41-year-old said: “I am not that surprised given the level here is far greater than we have. I am not making an excuse, some of the goals were our own doing.
“I feel sorry for the fans. I feel sorry for the players because we are ill-equipped at this level. This does not shine a light for me.
“There are players who are experiencing the Premier League for the first time. I never thought we could get beat 9-0 but I expected a real challenge at certain moments in certain games.
“This is the toughest day, as a player and certainly as a coach. The touchline today was pretty painful and I could sense it was painful for the players as well. They need some help.”
Gary O’Neil has been placed in interim charge at Bournemouth, with Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick assisting him, as the club search for Parker’s replacement.
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