Stephen Dunmoye

AFC Bournemouth has parted ways with head coach Scott Parker, days after suffering a humiliating 9-nil defeat to Liverpool.

The newly-promoted side became the first Premier League club to press the trigger after three successive defeats.

Parker, 41, began the campaign on a success note, winning against Aston Villa but the former Chelsea midfielder has since witnessed a slump with results heading south against Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Parker’s Bournemouth has shipped 16 goals in their opening four matches of the season and is already the favourites for relegation.

Gary O’Neil will take interim charge of the team, and will be assisted by Shaun Cooper and Tommy Elphick following the sacking of Scott Parker.

Bournemouth co-owner, Maxim Demin said via the club’s official website: “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.”