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Bournemouth sack head coach Scott Parker after just four Premier League games

Bournemouth were beaten 9-0 at Liverpool on Saturday; Bournemouth co-owner Maxim Demin: "Our search for a new head coach will begin immediately"; Gary O'Neil takes interim charge of the team, assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick; Bournemouth are 16th and host Wolves on Wednesday

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Scott Parker has been sacked as Bournemouth head coach following the club's record 9-0 defeat against Liverpool

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 following the result - describing his team as 'ill-equipped' to compete at this level.


Bournemouth co-owner Maxim Demin said in a statement: "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.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the match between Liverpool and Bournemouth in the Premier League

"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."

Gary O'Neil takes interim charge of the team 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.

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Parker was dismissed just 26 days into the season, which is the earliest since Paul Sturrock and Sir Bobby Robson lost their jobs in successive weeks in 2004-05. Sturrock was sacked by Southampton just nine days in the season and a week later Newcastle removed Robson.

So far this summer, Bournemouth have signed Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough and Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord alongside the free transfers of Ryan Fredericks, Joe Rothwell and Neto.

Parker's final interview as Bournemouth boss: 'Underequipped for this level'

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Scott Parker admitted his team was 'underequipped' in final post-match interview as Bournemouth boss after the 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool

Parker was left rocked by that 9-0 result at Anfield, calling his team "underequipped" in order to compete at Premier League level.

"This is the toughest day as a player and certainly as a coach," Parker said. "This is the toughest and most painful day that I have experienced, for sure.

"It goes without saying it's a real humbling experience and one which was pretty shell-shocking, really, in the sense of the result.

"And probably not surprised so much, to be honest with you, in the sense of the levels we're playing against here and the quality is just far greater than what we have in this present moment in time at our disposal.


"While of course it's not me making any excuse because there's some goals in that game that were of our own doing, in terms of the set-play goals were really poor, and we can do something about that.

"But at this present moment in time I feel sorry for the fans, I feel sorry for the players, to be honest with you, because at the moment we are just a bit underequipped at this level from where we have come from."

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Mark McAdam analyses Bournemouth's transfer signings and the strength of their squad after Scott Parker said they are ‘under-equipped’ for the Premier League after losing 9-0 to Liverpool.

Explained: Why Parker was dismissed

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Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam takes a closer look at Scott Parker's departure from Bournemouth and asks if it was a surprise at all

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:

"It wasn't really a surprise. I have to confess over the past few weeks, I've been surprised by the manager's comments after games, and things he's said about the transfer activity.

"It just doesn't align with what the club is about. The main motto for Bournemouth over the past 10 years has been 'together, anything is possible'. This is a football club that has gone from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League and stayed there for five years.

"They did that by being together. Right now, it feels like the club hasn't been very together and there hasn't been parallel thinking between what the manager would like to do in this summer's transfer window and what the club would like to do.

Bournemouth have made five signings this summer

"That's been reflected in the statement released by the football club. One thing that got mentioned was the word 'aligned' - and I don't think there was aligned thinking in what Scott Parker wanted to do, and the other thing that's very important with Bournemouth is sustainability.

"The owner has invested huge sums of money over the course of the last nine years. He's always backed the manager in the transfer window and they've always tried to recruit young, promising, exciting players.


"The other thing that's important is that he doesn't want to overspend. He doesn't want to spend what the club can't afford. You have to remember that Bournemouth's stadium only hosts 11,700 so they can't compete in the same way in the transfer market that other Premier League sides can.

"When they last went down, they sold £80m worth of players, they invested into the squad and came back up again. If you speak to fans of Swansea, Huddersfield or Stoke, they would certainly accept two years in the Championship if they were assured of bouncing back up again because the club was being run properly.

Bournemouth lost 4-0 at Manchester City
Image: Bournemouth lost 4-0 at Manchester City

"Those clubs have not been able to do it, but Bournemouth have been able to because they've recruited very well and done things in the right way. Parker did a fantastic job in getting them out of the division, and we know how hard it is to get out of the Championship.

"He came in with that brief, and he fulfilled that brief. Results at the start of this campaign are irrelevant with regards to this situation and it all points to the club's statement. I don't think it's got anything to do with the 9-0 defeat to Liverpool or the results.

"The alignment between the manager and the club, the sustainability of the club and being profitable and doing things in the right way is important. There was a big gap between what Scott wanted and what the club wanted. I don't think the results are the issue.

"They beat Aston Villa, they weren't expected to then get anything against Manchester City but still played well in the second half. Arsenal was a tough game. Liverpool could have won the quadruple last season, so results are irrelevant. There was so much more at play."

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Redknapp: Parker sacking a surprise | 'I'd love to see Dyche come in'

Harry Redknapp on Sky Sports News:

"It was a great surprise, I didn't see it come at all. They've had a very difficult start to the season. They beat Aston Villa at home, then Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool, they couldn't have had a more difficult start.

"When Scott came out and said he needed some help from the board, I did think it wasn't a good situation to get with them. The owner has put a lot of money into the club and has been a great backer of the club since he first arrived there. That was probably what was the downfall for Scott there was criticising the transfer policy.

"But you can't take away from the job he did, he did great last year getting them promoted and I'm sure he would've done a good job this year. He had a hard job on his hands trying to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League, it's not an easy one, but if anyone could've done it, I'm sure Scott would've given it his best shot.

"They had a squad last year that was as good as any. Bournemouth and Fulham were the best two teams in the Championship and got promoted. This year, he's taken over a team that are a struggling Premier League squad because of the difference in standard.

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Former Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp suggests Scott Parker's decision to criticise the club's transfer policy was one of the main reasons he was sacked

"Nottingham Forest have gone out and spent a lot of money and have gone for an approach where they're really going to give it a go to stay up. Bournemouth are a bit more conservative and haven't spent the money that Forest have looked to spend.

"But I'm sure Max and the people that own the club will not be looking to get themselves in trouble and will be looking to do their best with what they've got.

"They have got some very good players at the club. There's no reason why they can't win lots of games in this division. Not beating Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool is no disgrace, but whoever comes in has a chance. They're not a team of no-hopers, there's a chance someone will come into the job and keep them in the division.

"I'd like to see Sean Dyche come in. I love Sean, I think he's a fantastic character, did an amazing job at Burnley. But it's whether he will fancy it or hang around a bit longer and see what else comes up because a Premier League job will come up for him at some stage.

"It's a case of whether he decides 'I'll give that a go' and if he feels he can keep them up. It's not an easy job, it'll be very difficult, but it's a smashing club, a great area. It's got a great feel to the club, the fans are brilliant, it's only a small stadium but a great atmosphere.

"It's a great opportunity for somebody. If someone comes in now and keeps the team in the Premier League, they'll be a hero."

What's next for Bournemouth?

Bournemouth entertain Wolves (7.30pm) in the Premier League on Wednesday and then have a run of eight games with fixtures 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)
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