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Bournemouth sack their manager four league games into new season

Bournemouth sack their manager Scott Parker four league games into the new Premier League season, sitting just above the drop zone.

Cherries owner Maxim Demin revealed that the decision to part ways with head coach Scott Parker came from a difference in views on the “strategy to run the club sustainably.”

In numerous interviews, Parker repeatedly stressed that his side needed further reinforcements, citing that there were a “million different reasons” Cherries had not strengthened over the summer, while Jurgen Klopp praised Scott Parker for doing an outstanding job and that the manager needs backing to succeed.


AFC Bournemouth can announce that the club has parted company with head coach Scott Parker.

Maxim 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.

“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.”

Gary O’Neil will take interim charge of the team, and will be assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick.

Prior to the 9-0 thrashing, Klopp described Bournemouth as a “proper team” for the way they earned Championship promotion last season, as well as outlining his respect for the Dorset outfit in his programme notes.

Klopp comforted Parker on the touchline during the record-equalling result – a gesture which was described as a “touch of class” by Jermaine Jenas on Match of The Day.

Parker admitted to the Daily Echo the defeat had been the toughest day of his career in football, as either a player or coach and quite frankly looked absolutely shellshocked in the post-match interview.

Asked by the Daily Echo whether he felt sympathy for Parker, and whether he had spoken to him after the game, Klopp replied: “We spoke, of course, but not about that. He didn’t moan or whatever about the situation.

“But when you look at the other two teams who went up (Fulham and Nottingham Forest) and you look what they spend.

“Then you look at Bournemouth and you think, okay… What will happen there? It’s not about the squad is not strong enough or whatever, not at all. It’s just the league is a really tough one.

“Especially I think in a club like Bournemouth, you need backing from everybody, because it will be difficult.

“It’s clear in the moment when you have the promotion – then it’s already clear, the problems start now.”

Twitter users gave their reaction as Bournemouth sack their manager four league games into the new season…

@JamesScottLong: Wow

@emmawooddx: so one bad result is bye bye

@83B4_: pathetic. 4 games into the season. joke of a club.

@ncccccxx: they played 3 title contenders, seems unfair to me

@kevkods: Will miss those cardigans in 35 degree heat

@JonathanSweasey: Ridiculous

@johnbeans85: Bloody hell give him a chance!

@afcjxseph: Really? 4 games in, 3 of which were against big 6 teams? What a joke

@tpalmer77: Dyche doesn’t play a great style. But you can’t deny he doesn’t get his squad playing together and works well under a tight budget. We need someone to unite them #afcb

@matthicksonsfc: Scott Parker hasn’t been sacked because of the 9-0, he’s been sacked for what he said afterwards. He’s 100% correct in what he said, but it was never going to go down well with the board, let’s be honest #AFCB

@AFCBNG: Firstly I want to thank Parker for getting us promoted last year. He’ll always be remembered for that. However, I do think there is more to this than meets the eye…. #afcb

@TomFromROAR: Not Sean Dyche, please. He is not an #AFCB manager – we are renowned for our good football. We should get a young and hungry manager who will give staying up a good go, and if not is well prepared to bring us up again next season. @laura_woodsy @talkSPORT

@kcb49: #afcb Without knowing all the ins and outs, on the surface it appears that the end of Max’s tether has been reached. Some of us have expressed the need for employees to just get on with the job without discussing business in public. But my Club is still here. Come on Boscombe!

@AaronDoesYT: What? This will go either one or two ways, we’ve just shot ourselves in the foot or it’s gonna be the start of something good. Only manager I would take is Dyche, please not Pulis, big Sam or Ranieri or we’re condemning ourselves to relegation #afcb

@TomJordan21: Correct decision for me, we must be TOGETHER as a club. He’ll do well to get another job, that’s two jobs and two owners he’s pissed off. #afcb

@RobMeech: Wow. Everyone will think Scott Parker’s sacking is because of the Liverpool result. It isn’t. Reading the statement, it’s clear the manager and the board were not aligned. Parker’s comments at the weekend raised alarm bells. I’m not massively surprised he’s gone #afcb

@GazSection: Don’t think it’s the right move – must be off the field! No one thought we would win the last 3 games but his comments and fan overreaction about the games was a bit over the top! I think Dyche might be getting a call…sure the fans will enjoy that footy! #afcb

@JackWFC1234: The right call. Bit reactionary after the 9-0.. after the start they’ve had but if Bournemouth have any chance I’d staying up, Scott Parker is not that guy. Better to make that change now.

@afcbandy: Good. Now let’s bring on someone with a positive attitude who wants to improve players instead of constantly replace them, and will take responsibility for his own performance instead of making excuses #afcb

@stuafcb: The right decision – interesting that the club statement has Maxim’s name attached to it and hints to issues behind the scenes which are simply unsustainable, especially when given voice publicly as he did at the weekend. #afcb

Scott Parker: Chairman can I please have a bit of money because our squads Championship level and Liverpool have just done naughty things to us. Chairman: Nah, this football club is all about making money, pocketing this lovely jackpot, we don’t want to actually stay in the PL

@GemmaPollarddd: Think this confirms 100% that there is something a lot more going on between board/staff #afcb

@lewisgirvy: Rightly or wrongly, the worst timing. No chance of any quality coming in the door now. We are an absolute joke 🤬 #afcb

@HarryfromTTP: It was the comments in the press, wasn’t it? That’s what dons it. Clearly a lack of communication between board/Parker. #afcb

@AFCBMackie: Good luck to Scotty P and his staff he got us back into the PL but obviously the relationship with Maxim over financial backing in the window has completely broken down #afcb

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