Bournemouth have sacked head coach Scott Parker after just four games of the Premier League season.
Parker left Fulham and took charge of Bournemouth 14 months ago, guiding them to promotion to the Premier League behind his former club last season.
Bournemouth were beaten 9-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, with Parker making no secret of his frustration with the result – describing his side as “ill-equipped” to compete at this level.
Bournemouth co-owner Maxim Demin said in a statement: “I would like to express my gratitude to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us. Our promotion to the Premier League last season under his tenure will always be in the works. memoir as one of the most successful seasons in our history.
“However, in order for us to continue to progress as a team and as a club as a whole, it is unconditional that we are aligned in our strategy to run the club in a sustainable way. We must also show confidence and respect for each other.
“This is the approach that has brought so much success to this club in recent history, and we will not shy away from it from now on. Our search for a new head coach will begin immediately.”
Gary O’Neil takes over as interim manager and will be assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick. The Cherries are 16th in the Premier League table and host Wolves on Wednesday night.
Parker is the first Premier League sacking since Paul Sturrock was sacked by Southampton in August 2004.
So far this summer, Bournemouth have signed Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough and Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord alongside free transfers from Ryan Fredericks, Joe Rothwell and Neto.
Parker’s latest interview as Bournemouth boss: ‘Under-equipped for this level’
Parker was shaken by that 9-0 result at Anfield, calling his side “under-equipped” to compete at Premier League level.
“It’s the most difficult day as a player and certainly as a coach,” Parker said. “It’s the hardest and most painful day I’ve had, that’s for sure.
“It goes without saying that it was a truly humbling experience and one that was quite shocking, really, in terms of the outcome.
“And probably not that much surprised, to be honest with you, in the sense of the levels we’re playing against here and the quality is just way above what we have at the moment presently available to us.
“While of course it’s not me making an excuse because there are goals in this game that were our own, in terms of set pieces they were really poor, and we can do something about it. on this subject.
“But right now I’m sorry for the fans, I’m sorry for the players, to be honest with you, because at the moment we’re just a bit under-equipped at this level where we come from.”
Explained: Why Parker was fired
Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:
“It wasn’t really a surprise. I have to admit that over the past few weeks I have been surprised by the manager’s comments after games and the things he has said about the transfer business.
“It just doesn’t fit what the club is. Bournemouth’s main motto over the past 10 years has been ‘together anything is possible’. They are a football club that have risen from the bottom of the Ligue 2 to the Premier League and stayed there for five years.
“They did it by being together. At the moment it feels like the club haven’t been together very much and there hasn’t been parallel thinking between what the manager would like to do in the window. transfer plan this summer and what the club would like to do.
“That was reflected in the statement released by the football club. One thing that was mentioned was the word ‘aligned’ – and I don’t think there was any aligned thought in what Scott Parker wanted to do, and the other thing that is very important with Bournemouth is sustainability.
“The owner has invested huge sums of money over the past nine years. He has always supported the manager in the transfer window and they have always tried to sign promising and exciting young players.
“The other thing that’s important is that he doesn’t want to spend too much. He doesn’t want to spend what the club can’t afford. You have to remember that the Bournemouth stadium only hosts 11,700, so they can’t compete in the same way in the transfer market as other Premier League teams can.
“The last time they went down they sold £80m worth of players, they invested in the team and came back. If you talk to the fans of Swansea, Huddersfield or Stoke, they would definitely accept two years in the championship if they were guaranteed to bounce back because the club was functioning properly.
“These clubs weren’t able to do it, but Bournemouth were able to do it because they recruited very well and did things the right way. Parker did a fantastic job of getting them out of the division, and we know how hard it is to get out of the Championship.
“He came with this memoir, and he filled it in. The results at the start of this campaign are irrelevant to this situation and everything points to the club’s statement. I don’t think it has anything to do with it. with the 9 -0 defeat against Liverpool or the results.
“The alignment between the manager and the club, the sustainability of the club and being profitable and doing things the right way is important. There was a big gap between what Scott wanted and what the club wanted. I don’t think not that the results are the problem.
“They beat Aston Villa, we didn’t expect them to get anything against Manchester City, but they still played well in the second half. Arsenal was a tough game. Liverpool could have won the quadrupled last season, so the results are irrelevant. There was so much more at stake.”
What’s next for Bournemouth?
Bournemouth entertain Wolves (7.30pm) in the Premier League on Wednesday then play an eight-game series with games against none of the traditional ‘big six’.
- September 3: Nottingham Forest (a)
- September 10: Brighton (h)
- September 17: Newcastle (a)
- October 1: Brentford (h)
- October 8: Leicester (h)
- October 15: Fulham (a)
- October 24: West Ham (a)