Scott Parker is sacked by Bournemouth just three days after Liverpool’s 9-0 win

Scott Parker is back-to-back sacked by Bournemouth for begging for transfers and his lack of ‘respect’, just four games into the season and three days after Liverpool’s 9-0 embarrassment

Bournemouth have announced they have sacked manager Scott Parker just three days after beating Liverpool 9-0.

Parker has expressed his frustration with Bournemouth’s activity in the transfer market this summer, insisting his fledgling side are “under-equipped” to take on the challenges of the Premier League.

Following the Reds’ defeat – which came after setbacks from Arsenal and Man City following their opening weekend win over Aston Villa – the ex-Fulham boss said there were “millions of reasons” why the squad hadn’t been bolstered to his liking be .


And now that frustration has boiled over as the 41-year-old left Vitality Stadium to become the new campaign’s first top manager casualty after just four games.

Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin said: “I’d like to take credit for the efforts of Scott and his team 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 continue to move forward as a team and as a club as a whole, it is imperative that we are aligned in our strategy to run the club sustainably. We also need to show trust and respect for each other.


“It’s the approach that has brought so much success to this club in recent history and one we will not deviate from now. Our search for a new head coach begins immediately.”

Gary O’Neil – who used to be one of Parker’s backroom staff – temporarily takes charge, and is assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick.

Bournemouth’s results of one win and three losses this season leave them 17th in the Premier League table, just a point above the relegation zone.

The Cherries, however, won’t have much time to consider Parker’s departure with Wednesday night’s Wolves visit lined up for them.

Parker took charge at Bournemouth last summer after leaving Fulham, who had just been relegated to the Championship.


The former midfielder led Bournemouth back into the top flight in his debut season after a two-year absence and finished second in the Championship behind the Whites.

He is now the first man to be sacked in August since Sir Bobby Robson in 2004, leaving after suffering the worst day of his career at Anfield on Saturday.

In his final post-game press conference as Cherries boss, he said: “The result is quite shocking. The quality (from Liverpool) was much better in relation to what we have. We cannot apologize.

“There were some goals that we scored ourselves. Some of the set goals were really bad, sorry for the fans, sorry for the players.

“We’re just a little under-equipped given our origins. No light for me, because from summer I see it the same way.

“There are great quality players on this team but the level they have moved at is the first time they are experiencing this league.

“We are where we are. Although I never thought that we could come here and beat each other 9-0, I expected this season to be a real challenge for us at certain moments and games. It’s a young team at this level.”

Parker added: “This is the toughest day I’ve ever had, as a player and certainly as a coach. This is without a doubt the hardest day I’ve ever experienced. The touchline was pretty painful today and I could feel it was painful for the players too. You need some help.’

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