Parker sacked after 12 games at Club Brugge following Champions League battering

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    Scott Parker has been axed as manager of Club Brugge following a humiliating 7-1 aggregate defeat to Benfica in the Champions League.

    The former Bournemouth and Fulham boss, 42, lasted just 12 matches in charge of the Belgian outfit having been appointed on the final day of 2022. His first match in charge ended in a 3-1 defeat to league leaders Genk and the club have picked up just 12 points over the course of his tenure.

    After losing 3-0 to relegation-threatened Oostende, the three-time Belgian champions are 21 points behind Genk in the race for the title. And Parker's misery was compounded by a humbling defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

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    Having suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Benfica three weeks ago, Blauw-Zwart were thrashed 5-1 for their worst-ever defeat in a Champions League knockout round. Blauw-Zwart were sparred just two minutes into proceedings at Estadio da Luz with VAR required to rule out Joao Mario's audacious opener, Goncalo Ramos adjudged offside in the build-up.

    An outside-of-the-foot finish from Rafa Silva did eventually hand the home side the lead before Mario and Ramos combined to devastating effect in first-half stoppage time. Goals from Ramos, Mario and David Neres completed the rout to send Benfica through to the quarter-finals.

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    Parker's Brugge axing is the second time he's been dismissed from the managerial hot seat this season. The 42-year-old was relieved of his duties at Bournemouth in August 2022, following a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool. He had previously spearheaded the Cherries' return back to the Premier League in 2021/22, finishing second behind previous club Fulham.

    A brief statement from Club Brugge reads: "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."


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