Scott Matthew Parker is a English professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder, and who was most recently the head coach of Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.
Why Has Bournemouth Sack Scott Parker?
Scott Parker was fired by Bournemouth after a heated argument with the club’s hierarchy.
Parker, 41, openly questioned Bournemouth’s direction and commitment following a humiliating 9-0 away defeat at Liverpool – and was fired just three days later.
Bournemouth’s Russian-born owner Maxim Demin issued a strongly worded statement in sacking Parker, citing the ex-England midfielder’s comments rather than the Liverpool defeat.
Bournemouth have spent just £22 million in the transfer market, despite Parker’s insistence that they needed more reinforcements, and the club’s hierarchy has been reluctant to spend big.
Parker was unable to hide his dissatisfaction with the lack of activity in the aftermath of the Anfield battering. Parker had become increasingly concerned about the club’s chances of survival due to a lack of new signings and let rip after Liverpool.
Parker said: “I have been clear about how this season could look for us and I stick by that.
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.”
Demin hit back: “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 continue progressing as a team and as a club as a whole, we must be aligned in our strategy to run the club sustainably.” We must also have faith in and regard for one another.
Parker led Bournemouth to promotion from the Championship last season, but after only four games back in the Premier League – including an opening day win over Aston Villa – Gary O’Neil will take over for Wednesday’s game against Wolves.
Parker is the first Premier League manager to be fired this season, and the first manager in England’s top flight to be fired in August since Sir Bobby Robson and Paul Sturrock in 2004.