The Athletic are reporting that both Frank Lampard and Scott Parker have been ruled out of the running for the vacant position as Bournemouth manager, with both candidates now seemingly out of the race for the job.
The Cherries are actively seeking a replacement for the departed Jason Tindall as they seek to get their promotion bid back on track after letting inconsistencies in their performances creep in.
Various names have been touted for the job in recent weeks including both Lampard and Parker, however it now seems that neither will be heading to the Vitality Stadium anytime soon.
The former is said to be reluctant to step into management again so soon after being sacked by Chelsea, whilst the Fulham boss is also said to be an unrealistic target due to managing in the Premier League at present.
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Another name who has also been linked in said report is David Wagner, with the German having previously experienced good success with Huddersfield Town in the Championship.
It’s really a case of Bournemouth taking their time over this appointment as they wouldn’t have expected to have had to dispense of Tindall after what was such a positive start to the campaign.
The target of promotion back to the Premier League is still very much in reach, however the new boss will have to go on a good winning run in order to ensure that the Cherries are in the race for the automatic spots.
Getting a new manager in that can galvanise such a talented group of players is no easy feat and therefore it is unsurprising to see the club targeting such respected names in the shape of Lampard and Parker.
Despite the duo being ruled out, there are still plenty of talented managers available for a club of their stature and for now it’s back to the drawing board for the Championship club as they seek to get a new man in before next weekend.