Bournemouth manager Scott Parker became his first Premier League casualty of the new season, sacked just four rounds into the season in a brutal 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
Parker guided the Cherries to promotion from the Championship, and began his top-flight campaign with victory over struggling Aston Villa.
But a brutal record of defeats to Arsenal, Manchester City and finally Liverpool left him with a nine-goal deficit.
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He confirmed the latest problem for owner Maxime Demin, who told his sacked manager in a chilling statement: “For us to continue our progress as a team and as a club as a whole, it is not a condition that we line up. Our strategy for running the club in a sustainable manner.
“We must show mutual respect and trust.”
Parker has urged the owner to invest in strengthening the squad through transfers, with other newly promoted teams such as Nottingham Forest outbidding Bournemouth significantly.
“I’m not surprised,” he said after Liverpool’s disastrous defeat. This is the current place in time. The players need help. Today turned out to be a huge challenge. The levels were huge… We have some days where we can get some help and help and help the current team from the Championship.
“There’s a lot of work to be done.”
He added, “It cannot be denied that we are not very well armed at this stage.”
Clearly reviewing the details seems to have caused a misunderstanding with the owner.
Parker enjoyed a successful playing career playing for clubs including Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham.
His first senior role was leading Fulham to the Premier League in his first season, only to be relegated the following season.
His trip to Bournemouth was also an instant success, with owner Damien announcing today that “it will be remembered as one of the most successful seasons in our history.”
First team coach Gary O’Neill has been appointed as interim manager.
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