Scott Parker is first Premier League boss axed in August since 2004

Scott Parker is the first Premier League manager to be sacked in August since Bobby Robson and Paul Sturrock were early season victims 18 YEARS ago… with Bournemouth axing him after he begged for new signings and three days after 9-0 loss at Liverpool

  • Bournemouth have fired Scott Parker just four games into the campaign
  • It is the earliest a top-flight boss has been dispensed with since 2004-05 
  • Newcastle’s Bobby Robson and Southampton’s Paul Sturrock went back then
  • Other managers have stepped down during first month of the season since
  • Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace in 2014 and Martin O’Neill went from Villa in 2010 

Scott Parker is the first Premier League manager sacked in August since 2004 after Bournemouth brutally axed him in the wake of their 9-0 thrashing at Liverpool.

Despite it being just four games into the new season, the Cherries dispensed with the manager who’d guided them back into the top-flight.

He becomes the first Premier League boss to be sacked in the first month of the season since Newcastle got rid of Sir Bobby Robson and Southampton axed Paul Sturrock 18 years ago.

Bournemouth have sacked manager Scott Parker just four matches into the new season

Legend Sir Bobby Robson was sacked by Newcastle United a few weeks into 2004-05 season

Paul Sturrock was fired by Southampton during that same month following poor results

Other managers have departed during August since then – Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace by mutual consent two days before the start of the 2014-15 season, while Martin O’Neill resigned the Aston Villa job in 2010.

But this is the first time in almost two decades that a top level manager has been sacked so early on in a Premier League campaign.

Other bosses to go in August include Kenny Dalglish (Newcastle, 1998), Bruce Rioch (Arsenal, 1996), Billy Bonds (West Ham, 1994) and Peter Reid (Manchester City, 1993).

Dalglish, Rioch and Reid were sacked, while Bonds resigned his position. 

Robson had just guided Newcastle to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League and the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, but a poor opening to the 2004-05 campaign saw owner Freddy Shepherd sack him amid rumours of dressing room discontent.

The former England manager had also expressed disappointment that only 5,000 fans stayed behind at St James’ Park to watch the traditional end-of-season lap of honour in May 2004. He was succeeded by Graeme Souness.

Parker was sacked by Bournemouth in their wake of a 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Anfield

Parker said they were underequipped for the top flight and oversaw three defeats from four

Sturrock had only taken up the position at Southampton in March 2004, replacing Gordon Strachan, but his left in August following a disappointing run of form and also amid rumours of player unrest. 

Parker’s sacking came just three days after Bournemouth were crushed 9-0 at Anfield, equalling the heaviest-ever defeat in the Premier League.

Though Bournemouth beat Aston Villa 2-0 on the opening day to mark their return to the top division, they subsequently lost 4-0 to Manchester City and 3-0 to Arsenal.

They did overcome Championship side Norwich in the second round of the Carabao Cup, winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.

Parker has voiced his frustrations with Bournemouth’s activity in the transfer market this summer, insisting his young team are ‘underequipped’ to take on the challenges of the Premier League.

The newly-promoted Cherries were outclassed by Liverpool as they slipped to a terrible defeat

The ex-Fulham boss said there were ‘millions of reasons’ why the squad had not been strengthened to his liking.

Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin said: ‘I would like to place on record my gratitude to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us.

‘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.

‘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.’

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