Bournemouth has sacked their head coach, Scott Parker, days after losing 9-0 to Liverpool.
Parker guided Bournemouth to promotion last year, but after 14 months, he was fired. He had only one Premier League victory under his belt. That came on the opening day against Aston Villa. Since then, they have fallen to Arsenal (3-0) and Manchester City (4-0).
Following the game at Anfield, Parker said that he felt the club had not spent enough this summer in paying £22.6m for two players and making three free transfers.
“I have been clear how this season could look for us and I stick by that,” he said.
“We need to make a decision and try and help this young group who at times are struggling for air. Every one of us needs to make that decision. We have been trying to get more quality in and there are a million reasons why [it hasn’t happened].”
Maxim Demin, the owner of Bournemouth, appeared to respond to such remarks in his statement announcing Parker’s dismissal.
“I would like to place on record my gratitude to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us,” he said. “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.”
Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick will aid Gary O’Neil in taking over in the interim. On Wednesday, Bournemouth will play home to Wolves, who are currently winless in the Premier League.