Scott Parker has been sacked by Bournemouth, just a day before the Cherries take on Wolves in the Premier League.
The 41-year-old has been relieved of his duties following a 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Saturday.
Parker was head coach at the Vitality Stadium since June 2021, and took the club up to the Premier League from the Championship back in May, finishing runners-up to Fulham.
Bournemouth won their first game of 2022/23, beating Aston Villa 2-0 at home to get their campaign off the perfect start.
But it has been a bit of a reality check since then, with the Cherries losing to Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
A statement on Bournemouth’s website reads: “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.”
The development potentially throws the club’s preparations into chaos – and that’s good news for Wolves, who are the Cherries’ next opponents.
Wanderers are searching for their first win in the Premier League.
The pressure is beginning to mount on Bruno Lage, who could do with three points.
And tomorrow night’s game is now a golden opportunity for a first victory.
Bournemouth have shipped 16 goals in their last three matches, and there is probably no better team for Wolves to play next as they seek to find their goalscoring touch.
Major development that affects Wolves as Bournemouth sack Scott Parker
Bournemouth have had a very tough start, but their fixture list was not kind to them.
It is a little surprising though that the Cherries board have acted so quickly.
But their statement suggests a difference of opinion between them and Parker in terms of the direction the club needs to go in.
But it’s a development that surely has to be good news for Wolves.
It is a massive chance for three points. There is, of course, the potential for Bournemouth to respond positively. But failure to win tomorrow night against a team in disarray would definitely be cause for concern.