Scott Parker was brutally fired by Bournemouth following their 9-0 defeat at Liverpool, making him the first Premier League manager to be fired in August since 2004.
The Cherries fired the manager who had led them back to the top division only four games into the new campaign, Stechitegist Media reports.
Since Newcastle fired Sir Bobby Robson and Southampton fired Paul Sturrock 18 years ago, he is the first Premier League manager to be fired in the first month of the season. Since then, other managers have left their positions in August.
Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace by mutual agreement two days before the 2014–15 season began, while Martin O’Neill quit his position at Aston Villa in 2010. However, this is the first occasion in over 20 years that a top-tier manager has been fired thus early in a Premier League season.
Kenny Dalglish (Newcastle, 1998), Bruce Rioch (Arsenal, 1996), Billy Bonds (West Ham, 1994), and Peter Reid are a few other managers who will be replaced in August (Manchester City, 1993).
Bonds left his job, and Dalglish, Rioch, and Reid were fired.
After leading Newcastle to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League and the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, Robson was fired by club owner Freddy Shepherd in the 2004–05 season amid rumors of unrest in the locker room.
The traditional season-ending lap of honor was only witnessed by 5,000 spectators at St. James’ Park in May 2004, which angered the former England manager. Graeme Souness took over as his successor. Sturrock replaced Gordon Strachan in the post at Southampton in March 2004, but he resigned in August as a result of a poor run of results and amid rumors of player unrest.
Parker was fired just three days after Bournemouth suffered the worst defeat in Premier League history, a 9-0 thrashing at Anfield.
Bournemouth returned to the top level by defeating Aston Villa 2-0 on the first day, however they then suffered losses to Manchester City (4–0) and Arsenal (3–0).
They did defeat Championship team Norwich in the Carabao Cup second round, triumphing on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.
Parker has expressed his dissatisfaction with Bournemouth’s summer recruitment activities, claiming that his young club is “underequipped” to handle the demands of the Premier League.
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