Eddie Howe reacts as former club Bournemouth sack ex-Newcastle United captain

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The first managerial exit of the Premier League season was confirmed on Tuesday.

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe admitted he was ‘naturally surprised’ to see Scott Parker part company with Bournemouth.

The departure of the former Magpies captain was confirmed in a statement released early on Tuesday morning as his two-year reign at the Vitality Stadium came to an end.

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Parker led the Cherries to promotion in his first season on the South Coast but has endured a challenging summer in the transfer market after missing out on a number of key targets.

The former England midfielder has aired his frustrations over recent weeks as he looked to strengthen his squad in preparation for their return to the Premier League.

Saturday’s record-equalling defeat at Liverpool has brought matters to a head and the Cherries sit just outside of the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday’s home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers after losing three of their opening four games.

Cherries legend Howe gave his support to Parker and hailed the ‘brilliant job’ he had done during his time with his former club.

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“I was naturally surprised and disappointed for Scott,” explained the Magpies boss.

“It’s a difficult one to take in so quickly.  Scott did a brilliant job last year in leading the team back to the Premier League.

“But without knowing what’s going on at any other football club, I’d never pass comment other than to support Scott.”

Howe will face his former club when the Cherries make the trip to St James Park next month.

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