Bournemouth have sacked Scott Parker as manager after 14 months in charge at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries’ decision to part company with Parker comes after a poor start to the season, in which Bournemouth have scored just four goals and conceded 18 goals in all competitions – of which 16 conceded goals came in their last three Premier League games.
Bournemouth consequently have slipped from third after their opening weekend win against Aston Villa down to 17th in the league and just one point above the relegation zone, with their humiliating 9-0 loss away to Liverpool at Anfield proving the final straw for club bosses.
Parker’s departure also comes almost four clubs since he guided Bournemouth back to the top-flight as Championship runners-up after a two-season absence, having missed out on promotion via Play-Offs in 2020-21 under Parker’s predecessor – Jonathan Woodgate.
Club owner, Maxim Demin issued the following statement on the club’s decision to sack Parker in which he commented:
“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 also confirmed that Gary O’Neil will take interim charge of the senior team with assistance from Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick, as Bournemouth host Wolves tomorrow evening (31 August) then visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday 3 September.
Parker departs Bournemouth with a win percentage of 50.% from 55 games in charge of the club, during which they claimed 28 wins, 14 draws and 13 defeats, plus is the first top-flight manager this season to be sacked.