Footage of Scott Parker’s passionate half time speech in Bournemouth’s promotion decider against Nottingham Forest is doing the rounds.
The Cherries boss has gone on to earn huge amounts of praise and admiration as the clip uploaded by afcbTV shows what he said to inspired his side to clinch promotion back to the Premier League… and what a fascinating watch it truly is, even if you support Nottingham Forest.
It was last Tuesday when the crunch clash took place with the scoreline at 0-0 by half time and it was the visitors looking more likely to come away with the huge three points.
However Steve Cooper’s side squandered their chance to replace Bournemouth in the second automatic promotion place with one game left of the Championship season.
Parker watch on as a a much improved second half display saw Kieffer Moore score the only goal of the game to break the hearts of Forest fans and send the Cherries back into the top flight, ending their two season stay in the second tier.
Here’s just some of what he said before and after the game…
HALF TIME “Do not let this become an emotional game. I said at the start lads, they have got it all to do. Not us. Not us boys. They have. So understand it. Be brave in our moments. Manage the game at times as well as understand at times we’re going to have to go long. That’s not a problem at all if their press is right. Perfect balance.
“But understand as well lads, the front five in this team, in our team, in my team, are deadly against their team. So get them in the foot race, get it into our feet, be creative in and around the box. Then, in the other side of the game, do it to a tee like you have and we go again. Let’s go.”
FULL TIME “I said before lads about the thought of what this day will bring. More importantly, I’ve said it was from the start about the work we do, and everything we’ve done. And to a man boys, not just tonight, I’m very proud of every single one of you. Very, very proud of every single one of you. And you deserve everything you get. You deserve everything you get.”
“Why? Because I see a group of players that come in every day and give us everything. And when you do that, like I’ve always said to you boys, you have a chance in life. You’ve earned the right lads. You’ve earned your moment. I can’t thank you enough. I can’t be more proud of you lads. One more thing I want. The song we go out to, can we put it on… I want to see it bouncing boys!”
Behind-the-scenes footage released by Bournemouth shows bits of Scott Parker’s half-time team talk from the dressing room.
And while the clip has had a flood of reaction, a number of current and former players including Jason Pearace and Shaun MacDonald, Charlie Adam and Scott Arnold gave their reaction.
Shaun MacDonald @ShaunMac20: Oh I love to see it 😍🍒
Charlie Adam @Charlie26Adam: Brilliant to see from a young Manager, who wouldn’t wanna play for him 👏👏👏
Scott Arnold @arnieno2: That’s some team talk! 😍
Jason Pearce @jpearce05: Love this speech. 🙌🏻 great to see you back in the prem 🙌🏻👏🏻🍒
Here’s a bit more from half-time last week 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/NJLa7RqVQP
— UP THE CHERRIES 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) May 11, 2022
“I was disappointed with us in the first half,” Parker told DorsetLive after the game. “We made the game a basketball match. I spoke to the team about the emotion of the game and what the emotion could bring. We got enrolled in that emotion.’
Twitter users continued to react to Scott Parker’s passionate half time speech in Bournemouth’s promotion decider…
@1KevChallis: Blimey – this. Is. Unreal. 😳😳😳 – amazing insight. Also, have we got the best media team and creatives in the football league??? – the content and edit is next level!
@Pricey48: Anyone who doubted SP passion have another look at this from half time loving it loving it loving it lads lads lads & everybody
@realstumcbride: For all the haters he has, I have to admit I had my doubts at times, seeing things like this make you realise how good he is as a manager. I really hope we get to see more of this type of content. Maybe get Netflix involved for next season. 🤣🤣
@Ross_Bunker: Not even a Bournemouth fan but this is class 👏
@elmorphingo: Couldn’t be more proud to be a @afcbournemouth supporter
@AFCB_Walshy91: Great insight to how SP works. Absolutely love this! #UTCIAD 🍒🍒🍒
@EddyMercer10: Ryan Christie took that personally. Was unplayable second half! #afcb uuuu reds
@CalamityKate67: That. Is. Brilliant. I’ve got something in my eye! 🍒🍒🍒
@AtMyAgeTV: OK #afcb Media Team, in a season full of great content, this is the icing on the cake! Well done to whoever edited this it’s pure inspiration.
@MarcelNimani: Understand at times we are going to have to go long if the press is right … but be brave and keep the ball … pass … go back … rest I loved him as a player at West Ham and it great to see him succeeding in management with great modern views 👏👏👏
@wacko8: This is quality 👏🏻
@Peterannandale: Super scotty Parker!! Where are all the doubters now! #afcb
@ArtistArchivist: Currently constructing an archive catalogue, describing 1000’s of business folders dating from circa 1960s to present day. It’s mentally grueling, requiring methodical concentration. A bit of Scotty Parker’s motivational Shakespeare speech is all I need #afcb 🍒🍒🍒
@MJIW92: @ash_wor91 pretend this isn’t against us, it’s actually quite decent
@BlaaadesLee: To be fair this is what us fans want to see, great post 👏👏
@CityMannion: Surely won’t be long till this is common place. Glorious access. 😍 ⚽
@cnicholls8: A player I admired and now a manager who I find intriguing and exciting to watch and learn from.. Love the stay on the ball part. So many times we talk about moving the ball but staying on it can cause as many problems. Simple info!
@nigelkiernan7: What a brilliant insightful half time team talk. Modern coach 👌
@ChrisWing1990: Really do think Scott Parker has the potential to be a top premier league manager in the future. Proper football man and his knowledge and passion for the game is first class, you can see why players want to play for him. Looks the part!!