Bournemouth have confirmed the appointment of Scott Parker as the club’s new head coach. Parker replaces Jonathan Woodgate who left the Cherries after his short term deal came to an end.
Parker arrives as Bournemouth’s third permanent manager since Eddie Howe departed following their relegation from the Premier League. They have turned to Scott Parker who won plenty of plaudits despite Fulham’s relegation last season.
Despite signing a new contract last summer, Parker and Fulham managed to reach a mutual agreement to part ways.
He is tasked with getting Bournemouth back in the Premier League. Unlike Norwich City and Watford, Bournemouth failed to secure an instant return to the top flight.
Scott Parker Appointed Bournemouth Manager
Bournemouth Hoping for Promotion
Bournemouth endured a disappointing campaign overall. The Cherries did secure a top six finish but failed to secure promotion. They have turned to a proven winner in Scott Parker.
Parker is the third permanent manager in the last twelve months for Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s long time assistant Jason Tindall filled his large shoes but a poor run of results cost him. Jonathan Woodgate saw out the season and did galvanise the squad. However, he was also brought in short term and, ultimately, after failing to deliver promotion, he was taken out of the running to lead them next season.
Parker inherited a Fulham side on its knees when he took over but he rebuilt the Cottagers and won promotion in 2020. He built an efficient footballing side who knew how to play slick, attacking football. His two years at Craven Cottage certainly were successful overall despite their relegation last season. Parker has emerged as one of the country’s brightest coaches.
He faces a very similar challenge on the south coast. Bournemouth need to revamp their squad after their failed attempt to secure promotion. Of course, Scott Parker will be keen to keep key players like Arnaut Danjuma and David Brooks but will be aware he needs the personnel that know his style of play.
From the outset, Parker and Bournemouth seem a good match. Parker knows the pressure will be on to deliver promotion. The Cherries are desperate to be back at England’s top table and with Parker in charge, they will certainly be amongst the contenders.
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