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Bournemouth sack Scott Parker days after 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 30/08/2022 Mike McGrath
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Scott Parker has been sacked at Bournemouth and has become the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season.

Maxim Demin, the club’s owner, made his decision in the aftermath of the 9-0 defeat at Liverpool, with Parker overseeing three heavy defeats since winning against Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the season.

"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," said Demin. "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."

Demin has announced that Gary O’Neil, who was part of Parker’s backroom staff, will be in charge on an interim basis.

Parker highlighted the squad being "under-equipped" for the Premier League following two first-team signings in the summer and the free transfer of Ryan Fredericks. "It doesn't shine a light for me because from the summer that is exactly how I see it," he said after the defeat at Anfield.

After beating Aston Villa on the opening day, Bournemouth lost 4-0 to champions Manchester City, then 3-0 to Arsenal before they were hammered by Jurgen Klopp's side.

Demin’s reasons for sacking Parker say results were not as important as being aligned in strategy. It is understood that he feels Parker was backed significantly with players to get the team promoted last season, including a January where they invested in Kieffer Moore from Cardiff to get them over the line.

The decision to sack Parker makes him the first manager to be dismissed in August after the start of the Premier League season in 18 years. In 2004, Sir Bobby Robson and Paul Sturrock were axed by Newcastle United and Southampton respectively after poor starts to the opening month of the campaign.

Both Martin O’Neill and Tony Pulis resigned in August since then, the former from his job at Aston Villa in 2010 and the latter with Crystal Palace in 2014, but both elected to walk before the first game of the season due to disagreements over transfer strategy, meaning Parker is the earliest manager to be sacked during a top-flight season in nearly two decades.

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