Stunning news from the south of England today as Bournemouth announced that they have sacked manager Scott Parker just three days after they were hammered 9-0 by Liverpool. The reason given for his dismissal? He showed a lack of respect towards the club!
Parker has voiced his frustrations with Bournemouth’s activity in the transfer market this summer after the weekend’s Liverpool defeat saying:
‘We are just a bit underequipped from where we have come from. It doesn’t shine a light for me because from the summer that is exactly how I see it.
‘There are players in this team of huge quality but the levels of what they have gone up to, it is the first time they are experiencing this league.
‘We are where we are. While I never thought we could come here and get beat 9-0, I expected this season would be a real challenge for us in certain moments and games. It is a young team at this level.’
Those words were too much for Bournemouth’s thin skinned owner Maxim Demin who 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 “strategy” appears to be to collect the huge parachute payments when the Bournemouth get relegated and the end of the season. When a promoted side spends £26m on FIVE new signings (Joe Rothwell (free), Ryan Fredericks (free), Neto (free), Marcus Tavernier – (Middlesbrough) £12.5m and Marcos Senesi – (Feyenoord) £13.5m ).
Parker is the first manager to be sacked in August since Sir Bobby Robson was fired in 2004.
Former Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the bookies favorite to succeed Parker permanently at 2/1, with Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder and Gary O’Nei next in line at 6/1 and 12/1.