Bournemouth: Sean Dyche is bookies’ favourite to replace Scott Parker as Cherries manager

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Sean Dyche is the bookies’ early favourite to replace Scott Parker as Bournemouth manager, while Chris Wilder, Michael Carrick and Thierry Henry are also in the running.

Despite it being just four games into the new season, the Cherries brutally axed Parker – the manager who’d guided them back into the top-flight – in the wake of their 9-0 thrashing at Liverpool.

And according to oddscheckerformer Burnley boss Dyche – who has been without a job since he was sacked by the Clarets in April – is the bookmakers’ early favourite at 2/1 to take over on the south coast.

Former Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the favourite to succeed Scott Parker at Bournemouth

Bournemouth sacked Parker on Tuesday and accused him of showing a lack of respect

Bournemouth sacked Parker on Tuesday and accused him of showing a lack of respect

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is next at 6/1 to replace Parker after a mixed start to the Championship campaign on Teesside.

Gary O’Neil, who has taken over temporary charge at the Vitality after Parker’s dismissal, is 10/1 to take the job permanently while Manchester United icon Carrick is 12/1 on to take his first permanent role as manager.

The bookies are also pushing Henry as a 12/1 contender given his prior links with the Bournemouth job last year.

Henry was one of the leading candidates to take on the Cherries job in February 2021 but was pipped to the role by Jonathan Woodgate, who was only given the job until the end of the season before Parker took over.

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is 6/1 to replace Parker after a mixed start to the season

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is 6/1 to replace Parker after a mixed start to the season

The club currently sit 17th in the Premier League table, with the thrashing by the Reds following 3-0 and 4-0 reverses by Arsenal and Man City after their opening-weekend win against Aston Villa.

NEXT BOURNEMOUTH MANAGER ODDS

Sean Dyche: 2/1

Chris Wilder: 6/1

Gary O’Neil: 10/1

Michael Carrick: 12/1

Thierry Henry: 12/1

*odds provided by oddschecker

The 9-0 thrashing saw Parker voice 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 after earning promotion last season.

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

And with his frustration boiling over, the 41-year-old leaves the Vitality Stadium and becomes the first top-flight managerial casualty of the new campaign just four games in.

Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin however 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.’

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

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

Their latest defeat came in humiliating fashion, as they were thrashed 9-0 by Liverpool

Their latest defeat came in humiliating fashion, as they were thrashed 9-0 by Liverpool

Bournemouth’s results of one win and three defeats this season leaves them just a point above the relegation zone.

The Cherries will not have much time to dwell on Parker’s departure though, with the visit of Wolves up next for them on Wednesday night.

Parker took charge at Bournemouth last summer after leaving Fulham, who had just been relegated to the Championship.

The former midfielder then guided Bournemouth back into the top flight following a two-year absence in his first season, finishing second in the Championship table behind the Whites.

He has now become the first August sacking since Sir Bobby Robson in 2004 and departs having experienced what he described as the worst day of his career at Anfield on Saturday.

In his final post-match press conference as Cherries boss, he said: ‘It is pretty shell-shocking in terms of the result. The quality (of Liverpool) was far greater in terms of what we have. We can’t be making an excuse.

Bournemouth suffered a record-equalling defeat as they were put to the sword at Anfield

Bournemouth suffered a record-equalling defeat as they were put to the sword at Anfield

‘There were some goals that were of our own doing. Some of the set-play goals were really poor, I feel sorry for the fans, sorry for the players.

PARKER’S THOM BROWNE CARDIGAN

Scott Parker has caught the eyes during his managerial career by sporting a slick cardigan made by American fashion designer Thom Browne.

The daring grey cardigan – which has four white stripes on the sleeve – is believed to be worth £950.

The former midfielder has even worn an equivalent jacket worth £1,650 this season.

Scott Parker has caught the eye with his Thom Browne cardigan

Scott Parker has caught the eye with his Thom Browne cardigan

‘We are just a bit underequipped from where we have come from. It doesn’t shine a light for me because from the summer that is exactly how I see it.

‘There are players in this team of huge quality but the levels of what they have gone up to, it is the first time they are experiencing this league.

‘We are where we are. While I never thought we could come here and get beat 9-0, I expected this season would be a real challenge for us in certain moments and games. It is a young team at this level.’

Parker added: ‘This is the toughest day I have had, as a player and certainly as a coach. This is the toughest day I have experienced for sure. The touchline today was pretty painful and I could sense it was painful for the players as well. They need some help.’

His opposite number on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp, however insisted Parker was doing an outstanding job with the Cherries and said he needed ‘backing from everyone’.

‘We spoke, of course, but not about that. He didn’t moan or whatever about the situation.

‘But when you look at the other two teams who went up (Fulham and Nottingham Forest) and you look what they spend.

‘Then you look at Bournemouth and you think, okay… What will happen there? It’s not about the squad is not strong enough or whatever, not at all. It’s just the league is a really tough one.

‘Especially I think in a club like Bournemouth, you need backing from everybody, because it will be difficult.

‘It’s clear in the moment when you have the promotion – then it’s already clear, the problems start now.’



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