Scott Parker named Cherries boss ahead of new Championship season

AFC Bournemouth Press Conference

AFC Bournemouth have installed Scott Parker as their new manager following the departure of Jonathan Woodgate with several members of the backroom staff also leaving the club.

Parker was announced as the Cherries new boss on Monday after Woodgate confirmed his departure via social media.

An ex- England International, with over 500 appearances in the Premier League, Parker was able to to gain promotion with his former club, Fulham in his first full season in charge of the Cottagers.

Winning via the playoffs, Parker has experience of leading a side out of the Championship and believes joining the club “is a perfect fit for both parties”.

Speaking to abTV.com, Parker continued: “I’m familiar with Bournemouth because of my relationship with Harry Arter. 

“It’s a football club I know well from watching him over the years. 

“The ethos, the reputation, the journey and the challenge here is something that’s very exciting for me and my staff. 

“We want to build a team the fans can be proud of and one they feel represents them. We can’t wait to get started.”

The former Fulham coach has brought in his own backroom staff after the departure of several long standing members of the coaching team.

Alongside Woodgate,  first team coach, Joe Jordan, assistant manager, Stephen Purches, coach, Simon Weatherstone, goalkeeping coach, Neil Moss and physio, Steve Hard have all left the club with Parker wasting no time in appointing his own staff.

Matt Wells joins as assistant head coach, Rob Burch joins as first team goalkeeping coach, Alistair Harris is the new head of performance, Charlie Moore as lead physical performance coach and Jonathan Hill becomes first team head analyst.

Bournemouth fans will be hoping Parker can take the club to the next level and that will start with West Brom, the club’s first league opponents of the new season.

Chief Executive, Neil Blake is of a similar opinion, revealing: “Over a period of time he has proven himself as one of the best young head coaches in the country; someone who has a clear philosophy on how he wants to play and knows what it takes to win promotion from the Championship. 

“Scott is fully invested in the long-term project in front of us here, and this is the start of an exciting new period for this club.”

With Parker now at the helm, all the attention will go to getting the team ready for the new campaign and we can expect to see some fresh faces brought in as the new boss looks to make the side his own.