Hello, good afternoon sports fan, I hope you’re well, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff, I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health.
Sports fans, in particular football fans, we need to talk about football managers. When I bring this specific topic up, I have a specific manager in mind, one Scott Parker.
Former West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Parker (amongst many other teams), has seamlessly fitted into club management. From taking the reigns from Claudio Ranieri, when he seemed certain to fail to keep the West Londoners, to getting Fulham promoted in the next season, it came clear there’s something about Scott Parker.
After leading The Cottagers to promotion, things turned sour with owner Tony Khan, and the 41-year-old Parker left his role at Craven Cottage. Bournemouth came calling, a team that had been challenging for promotion but had been falling just short.
Jason Tindall and Jonathan Woodgate were the managers to come in after long-term manager Eddie Howe left the club. Tindall, who was, of course, the right-hand man to Howe, would leave in the middle of a three-year deal and Woodgate would leave after a failed promotion push.
With Scott Parker coming in, it was hoped, especially for co-owner Maxim Denim, that this time manager and The Cherries can have a long-term relationship.
In the case of Parker and Bournemouth, there was, (initially), a honeymoon period, where they finish each other’s sentences off, with an I love you more sentiment, but that soon evaporated.
Last Saturday’s 9-0 defeat, was a very bad one to take for Parker. A passionate, combative and tenacious midfielder in his playing days, his teams are in his image, but for Bournemouth, they were well beaten, which no doubt would have hurt the 41-year-old Parker.
That, explains the downcast nature of his interview after the mauling at Anfield. Fans would have seen that as passion, a grievance he’s not able to get his Bournemouth team into a more competitive one due to lack of signings, others (Denim and other board members), saw it differently.
In the statement issued by the club, there was a reference to a ‘disrespecting of the club’. There’s a for and against in regards to how Scott Parker has conducted himself in all of this, personally, I think Bournemouth are in the wrong.
Too many times, a manager is put up to face the media, with issues that are not his issues. Scott Parker would have no doubt listed his targets, he needed reinforcements and the director of football/the chairman is responsible for financing that deal or those deals.
There are not many Graham Potters in this world, a manager who never complains about his situation, and admirably gets on with it. Maupay, Bissouma and Cucurella have all been sold and he hasn’t brought in a replacement for any.
Football clubs need to do more to protect their managers. The manager’s job is to inspire performances or to have the nous, to help the team earn winning performances and good ones.
Whoever the new man to take the reigns at the Vitality Stadium, will need to be backed in the transfer market, because if they don’t, they will get a Scott Parker story all over again.
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