“A lot of things have to line up”


Scott Parker has two promotions in two league seasons under his belt – alongside two relegations in two Premier League campaigns (Picture: Richard Crease)

SCOTT Parker has hinted that Cherries will not be spending astronomical sums in a bid to survive in the Premier League next campaign.

Just three days after Cherries’ campaign ended, attention both inside and outside the club has turned to the Dorset side’s chances of survival next season.

Transfer rumors began, with January target Joe Rothwell once again popping up. Any deal would be a free transfer, thanks to Rothwell’s contract with Blackburn expiring this summer.

In an interview with The Times, Parker said: “In an ideal world I would spend £100m, but I can’t do that.

“In an ideal world, we would have a bigger training center with more pitches, bigger pitches, where we could develop more.

“The reality is that it’s going to be a tough year.

“I’d like to think if I could spend £100m I’d make a good choice, recruit and do it right.”

Since Cherries’ debut season in the Premier League in 2015-16, teams promoted in their debut season have spent £1.2073 billion according to transfermarkt.com.

Of the 21 teams promoted during this period, 10 have gone down. Parker’s former employers Fulham became the first promoted side to break the £100m mark in a single window after the mass investment proved fruitless as they were relegated at the end of the 2018 season -19.

Parker took over the team at the end of February, so he had no opportunity to tap into the transfer market.

Bournemouth Echo: Scott Parker ahead of his first game as manager in March 2019 (Pic: PA Images)

Bournemouth Echo: Scott Parker ahead of his first game as manager in March 2019 (Pic: PA Images)

Scott Parker ahead of his first game as manager in March 2019 (Picture: PA Images)

Perhaps the money invested allowed Parker to return Fulham to the top flight via the play-offs the following season.

Clearly aware that simply spending money does not guarantee success, Parker said: “The money at Fulham has not been spent properly.

“You can spend it on players who aren’t used to the level. A lot of things have to line up.

A total of three teams have surpassed the £100m milestone in their first Premier League seasons.

In the same season, Fulham broke the £100million mark, Wolves followed, helping them complete a record for a side promoted to the Premier League.

The following season, Aston Villa set the record, spending £143.55m in the 2019-20 season.

Leeds came close to hitting the mark, with transfermarkt claiming the Whites spent £96.12m last year. All three teams secured a second season in the Prem, with Leeds and Wolves finishing in the top half, while Villa, as Parker pointed out, still struggled until the end of the campaign.

“The Premier League is the best, toughest league in the world. The finances are huge, ”restarted Parker.

“Next year is going to be a big challenge for me and my group of players. Dean Smith said Norwich have spent £60million this year and they are nowhere near up to par.

“He spent £150m with (Aston) Villa and they stayed up on the last day of the season (2019-20).

“We’re going to have to improve our A-game and get a little lucky.”


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