BOURNEMOUTH, England – A 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool and veiled criticism of his club’s strategy in the transfer market was too much for Scott Parker to survive as Bournemouth manager.
The former England midfielder was sacked on Tuesday, becoming the first English Premier League manager to lose his job in August – traditionally the first month of the season – since 2004.
Parker finished just four games into Bournemouth’s comeback, the last game at Anfield marking the south coast side’s third straight defeat and the heaviest defeat in the Premier League’s 30-year history. broke down
After Saturday’s game, Parker said some of his players were “not fit at this level,” with Bournemouth losing 4-0 to Manchester City and 3-0 at home to Arsenal in their last two games. defeated
Parker said there were “a million reasons” why the club did not bring in top-quality talent in the summer transfer window, which closes on Thursday. Three players were brought in on free transfer and two more were signed for a total cost of about $27 million.
In the club’s statement announcing Parker’s departure, Bournemouth boss Maxime Damian did not refer to the Liverpool game, but said it was “unconditional that we continue to focus on our strategy to run the club”. joined in.”
“We also have to show each other trust and respect,” Damian said. “That is the attitude that has brought this club so much success in recent history, and one that we will not see from now on.”
Parker was hired by Bournemouth in the 2021 season and guided the South Coast team to promotion.
Bournemouth started life back in the league with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa but have since conceded 16 goals in three games without conceding a single goal.
Parker previously coached Fulham in a 2 1/2-year spell that included two relegations and one promotion in between.
“I would like to record my thanks to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us,” said Damian. “Our promotion to the Premier League last season under his tenure will always be remembered. One of the most successful seasons in our history.
Bournemouth are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers. Gary O’Neill, assistant coach, will take over the team on an interim basis.
In terms of days since the start of the season, Parker’s streak (25 days) is the 12th fastest in Premier League history. The first was Paul Strock, who was sacked by Southampton nine days into the 2004-05 season. Bobby Robson was also sacked by Newcastle this month.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, another team suffered a 9-0 weekend thrashing that saw their manager sacked on Tuesday.
Dundee United were hammered by Celtic on Sunday with this score in Jack Ross’ seventh game. Ross was sacked with the team in last place in the Scottish Premiership and also lost 7-0 in a Europa League qualifying match at AZ Alkmaar this month.