Scott Parker

Bournemouth manager Scott Parker was sacked by the newly-promoted English Premier League club on Tuesday, three days after they were beaten 9-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.

The rout was Bournemouth’s third defeat in a row in the league after being beaten 4-0 by Manchester City and 3-0 by Arsenal.

In a statement via their official website, Bournemouth said:

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

The club’s owner Maxim Demin added:

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.

The club said the search for a new manager would begin immediately and that first team coach Gary O’Neil would take over in the interim.

Demin’s comments appear to be a response to Parker’s postmatch interview at Anfield after the English Premier League record-equalling defeat.

Parker said that he was “not surprised” at the result and that he need some new signings to strengthen his side, which had finished second in the second-tier Championship last season.

He said after Saturday’s defeat:

It doesn’t surprise me. This is currently where it is at this moment in time. The players need help. Today proved too big a challenge. The levels were far too big.

We’ve got a decision to make as a club. There will be days like this. Time will tell. It’s a huge disappointment, a real humbling experience.

We have some days where hopefully we can get some help in and support and help the current team, who came up from the Championship.

Bournemouth appointed Parker last year after he left his role as Fulham manager, guiding his new side to English Premier League promotion with a second-placed finish in the Championship.

They made an encouraging start to life back in the topflight with a 2-0 win against Aston Villa but Parker has now become the first English Premier League manager to lose his job this season after three heavy defeats.

By Amara

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