The first Premier League managerial casualty is in, with Scott Parker being sacked from his position as the Bournemouth head coach. Fresh on the back of a 9-0 loss at Liverpool, the Bournemouth board decided it was time to move on from Parker, who got the club promoted from the Championship last season.
However, given the statement released by the board, and what we’ve heard from Parker himself in recent weeks, it’s clear the reasoning for this decision does not come down to results.
Bournemouth are currently 17th in the standings, with one victory and three defeats from their opening four games.
The win came on the opening day of their new campaign, beating Aston Villa 2-0, but its been dreadful since then, with no wins and no goals, though the competition they have been against has certainly played its part. A 4-0 defeat away at Manchester City was followed by a 3-0 home loss to Arsenal, and then came the big one, a 9-0 away defeat at Liverpool.
The reasons for this move go much deeper though.
Bournemouth cannot compete financially with the rest of the Premier League, being there is an overachievement in its own right. With the ability to seat just 11,000 fans, their home at the Vitality Stadium puts them at a big disadvantage compared to others. Bournemouth need to be shrewd in the transfer market, and can’t always get what they want.
Parker spent the first few weeks of the season questioning what the club were doing in the transfer window, constantly saying his players needed help with signings, those above obviously didn’t like that.
While success in the Championship last season perhaps glossed over the relationship between board and manager, the first few weeks of the Premier League season have shown us all what is really happening.
Latest Odds for New Bournemouth Manager
Like we see with every other club who sack a manager during the season, expect things to move at a rapid rate here, and the betting market to change pretty much on an hourly basis. There will be a lot of talk around who will take over, and plenty of out-of-work managers who want to throw their hat into the ring.
At the time of writing, 1pm on Tuesday 30th August, here are the current odds for the next Bournemouth manager.
Sean Dyche - 5/2 (Coral, Ladbrokes)
Kjetil Knutsen - 5/1 (Paddy Power, BetVictor, Betfair)
Chris Wilder - 12/1 (William Hill, BetVictor, Coral, Ladbrokes)
Gary O’Neil - 14/1 (Paddy Power, Betfair)
Thierry Henry - 14/1 (William Hill)
Nuno Espirito Santo - 14/1 (BetVictor)
Others at bigger odds include John Terry, Chris Hughton, Nathan Jones and Michael Carrick.