Eddie Howe reacts as former club Bournemouth sack former 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 has admitted he was “understandably surprised” to see Scott Parker part ways with Bournemouth.

The former Magpies captain’s departure was confirmed in a statement released early on Tuesday morning as his two-year reign at Vitality Stadium drew to a close.

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

The former England midfielder has expressed his frustrations in recent weeks as he seeks to strengthen his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League.

Saturday’s record loss to Liverpool brought things to a head and the Cherries sit just outside the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday’s home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers after losing three of their first four games.

The Cherry legend Howe threw his support behind Parker and hailed the “brilliant job” he had done during his time with his former club.

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

“It’s hard to assimilate so quickly. Scott did a brilliant job last year bringing the team back to the Premier League.

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

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

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