Club Bruges has announced the sacking of Scott Parker as their manager after a disappointing three-month stint in charge.
The former Bournemouth and Fulham boss won only two out of 12 matches at the helm of the Belgian champions. His departure comes after his side suffered a 5-1 defeat to Benfica in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter, going out 7-1 on aggregate.
The decision to part ways with Parker was not entirely surprising given his poor results, with Club Bruges currently sitting fourth in the Belgian top-flight and 21 points behind league leaders Genk. The club released a brief statement on Wednesday, saying: “Scott Parker is no longer head coach of Club Bruges.”
Official: Scott Parker has been sacked as manager of Club Brugge 🚨🔵— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 8, 2023
Parker has been fired twice in one year, in two different countries. pic.twitter.com/pm3sK2pcN9
Prior to joining Club Bruges, Parker had a brief spell at Bournemouth in the Premier League, but was sacked after just four games in charge. He then took over at Fulham, leading them to promotion to the Premier League in the 2019-20 season, but was unable to keep the club in the top-flight and was eventually let go in June 2021.
August 2022: Bournemouth fire Scott Parker— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 8, 2023
March 2023: Club Brugge fire Scott Parker
Parker’s departure is a blow to Club Bruges, who had high hopes for the 42-year-old manager when they appointed him. The club had qualified for the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in their history and was looking to build on that success under Parker’s leadership.
However, with just two wins in 12 matches and a heavy defeat in Europe, it became clear that Parker was not the man to take the club forward. Club Bruges will now begin the search for a new manager as they look to salvage their season and secure a top-four finish in the Belgian top-flight.