Scott Parker faces a big challenge after starting his new role on the South Coast.
AFC Bournemouth announced on Monday evening that they had named the former midfielder as the club’s new head coach, replacing Jonathan Woodgate who will leave the club.
Parker has penned a three-year deal but will be focusing on getting the club firing in the short-term as he looks to fulfill the objective of securing promotion from the Championship this term.
If that’s to happen then Parker will need to hit the ground running and address a few big challenges that face him at the Vitality Stadium.
Here are three areas that he’ll need to get to grips with.
Keeping Arnaut Danjuma
The Bournemouth star is going to be attracting plenty of attention this summer.
Danjuma scored 15 goals and created seven more for the Cherries last term and played a key role in the club’s journey to the play-offs – something that Scott Parker will be wanting to utilise in the season ahead.
With German side Wolfsburg the latest club to be linked with a move, Parker will be determined to keep his star man.
Making judgements on high-profile outgoings
Keeping Arnaut Danjuma will be big, but that doesn’t mean that Bournemouth won’t be under pressure to sell players.
After 12 months in the Championship there’s a good chance that the Cherries will be looking to cut their cloth accordingly and that may mean selling a player or two to raise funds and trim the wage bill.
The challenge for Scott Parker will be selecting which players he’s happy to let go in order to ensure that the club are still able to challenge next term.
Overcoming last season’s disappointments
There’s no doubting that last term was a big blow for supporters.
Bournemouth really should have been challenging for automatic promotion, but with that season now done and dusted, the focus must turn to next term and ensuring that they don’t make the same mistakes again.
Scott Parker will be hoping to make an immediate impact and that means having a fresh face who can rejuvenate the side ahead of the new campaign.