Scott Parker sacked by Club Brugge after dismal three-month spell in Belgium

Scott Parker is sacked by Club Brugge after a dismal three-month spell in Belgium that saw him win just TWO of his 12 matches in charge – with a 5-1 thrashing by Benfica the final straw – as the club confirm his dismissal with an abrupt 52-word statement

  • Parker joined Brugge five months after being axed as Bournemouth manager
  • But he endured a torrid spell in Belgium, producing a win rate of 17 per cent
  • Tuesday’s heavy defeat against Benfica has marked the end of his time in charge 

Scott Parker has been sacked as head coach of Club Brugge, with Tuesday’s heavy 5-1 defeat away at Benfica marking the end of his torrid three-month spell in Belgium.

Parker, who was dismissed by Premier League club Bournemouth back in August, was only hired by Brugge on December 31 following the exit of Carl Hoefkens.

Yet, in 12 matches at the helm the former England midfielder recorded just two victories, working out as a win rate of 17 per cent, before their Champions League thrashing at the hands of Benfica put the final nail in the coffin. 

In an abrupt 52-word statement on Wednesday, the Pro League club confirmed: ‘Scott Parker is no longer head coach of Club Brugge. Parker was announced as the new head coach of Club Brugge on December 31 last year. 

‘The English ex-international previously worked for Fulham and Bournemouth and replaced Carl Hoefkens at Club. In 12 games, the Briton could only win 2 times.’

Scott Parker has been sacked as manager of Club Brugge after three months in charge

Brugge's heavy 5-1 defeat at Benfica on Tuesday marked the end of Parker's time in charge

Brugge’s heavy 5-1 defeat at Benfica on Tuesday marked the end of Parker’s time in charge

Parker appeared to realise the writing was on the wall after the defeat against Benfica, admitting post-mach that he was ‘not sure’ whether he would remain in charge.

‘I’m not sure, I’m not in control of that,’ the 42-year-old said. 

‘I understand why you ask me that question. It’s been aimed at me for some weeks now. Now that momentum has picked up. I can’t really control that.

‘I’m not in a power position to understand it and you are asking probably the wrong person in that what I am is fully committed in trying to turn that corner around and that’s what I’ll do.’ 

Reports in Belgium are already linking former Brugge boss Alfred Schreuder with a return to the club just under a year since he left to join Ajax.

In his brief four-month stint the Dutchman led them to title glory, amassing a record of 15 wins and just two defeats across all competitions in 21 matches.

He was poached by Ajax last summer but couldn’t reproduce the same magic, meaning he was sacked in January, and Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad are reporting that Brugge want him back following a ‘miscast’ of Parker.

The latter has endured a miserable season after losing his job at Bournemouth in August, just three months after securing promotion to the Premier League.

Parker was also axed as manager of Bournemouth in August after a poor start to the season

Parker was also axed as manager of Bournemouth in August after a poor start to the season

In similar fashion to his final Brugge outing, he was axed by the Cherries on the back of a 9-0 thumping away at Liverpool, which followed 4-0 and 3-0 losses to Man City and Arsenal.

Before leaving his post, Parker took a parting shot at Bournemouth by suggesting poor recruitment was costing them on the pitch.

‘I have been clear how this season could look for us and I stick by that,’ he said.

‘We need to make a decision and try and help this young group who at times are struggling for air. Every one of us needs to make that decision. We have been trying to get more quality in and there are a million reasons why [it hasn’t happened].’