Jonathan Woodgate Departs Bournemouth, Scott Parker to Come in

Jonathan Woodgate

Jonathan Woodgate has officially departed Bournemouth after failing to guide the club to promotion. According to Sky Sports, Fulham manager Scott Parker will take the role having just been relegated. Woodgate impressed at times but, in the end, it wasn’t enough to earn him a long-term contract.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the official club website following the news: “I cannot thank Jonathan enough for the job he has done over the past four-and-a-half months.

“He came into the club at a difficult moment, was asked to take charge of the team very soon after arriving and did so with great maturity, providing the stability we needed at such a crucial time.

“Jonathan is a man of real integrity, whose passion for the game shines through, and it has been a pleasure to have had him as an AFC Bournemouth employee, even for a short time. I know we will keep in touch and he is always welcome back to Vitality Stadium.

“I am sure this experience will stand him in good stead for the next step on his managerial journey and Jonathan leaves the club a stronger place for the impact he has had on all the players and staff.”

Jonathan Woodgate Leaves Bournemouth

Scott Parker to Come in

The departure paves the way for Scott Parker to take the job, as reports suggest he will. At Fulham, despite suffering relegation, the philosophy and style of play in which he instilled left many impressed by Parker. With better resources at the Cherries, the former West Ham United player can thrive.

When it comes to promotion, Parker knows what he’s doing, too, having guided Fulham up from the play-offs in 2019. He’ll hope to have the same fate at the Vitality Stadium, should he take the job, when up against the likes of Sheffield United.

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