Bournemouth sack Parker after Liverpool thrashing

Scott Parker has been fired as Bournemouth manager, the club announced today. He becomes the first coach to be sacked in the Premier League this season.

The former Chelsea and England midfielder led the club back to the Premier League from the Championship but they have struggled in the top flight, losing three matches in a row, including Saturday’s 9-0 humiliation at Liverpool.

“AFC Bournemouth can announce that the club has parted company with head coach Scott Parker,” the club wrote in an official statement.

Club owner Maxim Demon said Bournemouth had to take action ‘in order to keep progressing’.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Gary O’Neil will be charge of the team for the time being, assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick.

After beating Aston Villa 2-0 in their first Premier League fixture this season, Bournemouth have lost 4-0 to Manchester City, 3-0 to Arsenal and the record-equalling 9-0 to Liverpool.

They face Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow in the Premier League.

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