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Scott Parker was fired by Bournemouth for airing his dirty laundry in public… he annoyed owner Maxim Demin by turning down signings, complaining about recruiting and excluding players he no longer wanted
- Scott Parker Was Fired For His Bad Relationship With Bournemouth’s Hierarchy
- Parker turned down potential signings and also complained about recruitment
- There were also concerns about how Parker treated players he didn’t want
Ultimately, Scott Parker’s position as head coach at Bournemouth was untenable.
His relationship with chief executive Neill Blake and technical director Richard Hughes, who have kept the club operating within their means, had been shattered by frustrations over the way Parker aired the club’s dirty laundry in public almost every week.
Similarly, there was irritation with the way the 41-year-old turned down potential purchases they’d spent the summer identifying.
Scott Parker was sacked as Bournemouth manager after falling out with the club’s hierarchy
Chief executive Neill Blake (L) was unhappy with Parker’s rejection of potential purchases
Bournemouth owner Maxim Denim was frustrated with Parker’s actions
Unable to bear Parker’s digs over transfer policy any longer, owner Maxim Demin fired him yesterday, making a bombshell statement effectively accusing the former England midfielder of disrespect.
“To continue to make progress as a team and as a club, it is unconditional that we are aligned in our strategy to run the club sustainably,” said Demin. “We also need to show faith in and respect for each other.”
It’s all a long way from the optimism with which Parker was appointed last year. Following Eddie Howe’s departure in August 2020, the club has put their executive position on hold to hire Parker. When he finally arrived from Fulham in June 2021, there was a huge sense of accomplishment at Bournemouth.
There were concerns that Parker was doing little to integrate into the club’s staff
They admired the property-based philosophy he had implemented at Craven Cottage.
But behind the scenes, early concerns about Parker’s management style arose out of concern that he was doing little to fully integrate into the club’s existing staff.
There were also raised eyebrows about how he treated the players he considered peripheral to his plans.
But Parker managed to lead Bournemouth back to the Premier League in his first season as manager – and despite this installment, he remains one of English football’s most promising young managers.
But those early concerns continued this summer when certain staff members were told they were staying in a separate hotel during the pre-season tour of Portugal.
Whether Bournemouth made the right decision remains to be seen. It wasn’t results based, though the 9-0 confusion at Liverpool on Saturday didn’t help either.
Eyebrows were raised at Parker’s treatment of players who were not in his plans
Staying in the Premier League is not the most important factor. The club is built on financial sustainability and is not willing to part with that position.
Parker had his eye on certain players this summer that he believed had proven themselves in the highest division. It was explained to him that the club could not afford the caliber of the player he was looking for.
They tried in vain to persuade him to strengthen the team within the financial structure as best as possible. Among the players Parker is said to have turned down are Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair and Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu.
Perhaps Bournemouth should have seen this coming. Parker didn’t come face to face with Fulham’s recruiting strategy during his time in West London. That, of course, is his prerogative. He coaches the team, he must have a say in incoming and outgoing.
But for Bournemouth, they couldn’t handle Parker’s complaints anymore
This is not a decision based on results, despite Bournemouth’s 9-0 defeat to Liverpool
Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair is one of those players allegedly turned down by Parker