Bournemouth sacks manager Scott Parker, days after 9-0 drubbing by Liverpool

EPL club Bournemouth has sacked manager Scott Parker after the 9-0 drubbing to Liverpool.

EPL club Bournemouth has sacked manager Scott Parker after the 9-0 drubbing to Liverpool. Photo: EPA

Scott Parker has been sacked by newly promoted Premier League club Bournemouth.

The 41-year-old’s departure comes three days after Saturday’s 9-0 thrashing at Liverpool.

Cherries co-owner 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.’’

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

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

‘‘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,’’ he said after Saturday’s defeat.

‘‘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,’’ he added.

After winning their opening game of the season, at home to Aston Villa, the Cherries have suffered defeats in three straight games, but those fixtures came against Big Six opponents in Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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


Topics: Liverpool
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