Following an indifferent start to the new season, and a run of three straight defeats time has been called on the management duo of Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks - much to the relief of the fan base.
The fate of Groves/Brooks finally came on Tuesday evening after a drab 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crawley Town which forced the hand of the Cherries Board to act.
In a statement on the Clubs Official Web Site reads:
On behalf of AFC Bournemouth, I would like to inform the supporters and media that as of this morning, Wednesday 3rd October, we have parted company with Paul Groves as manager and Shaun Brooks as assistant manager.
I would urge our supporters to recognise the time and effort that Paul and Shaun invested in the first team and their unwavering determination to produce an attractive brand of football.
As chairman of AFC Bournemouth, I have personally recognised the direction in which they were trying to take the team in terms of tactics and style of play, and throughout their time in charge they have had my full support.
However, I believe that luck has not been on their side during their short period at the helm. As we know, football is a results business, but most people will be unaware of the hard work and dedication that they put in behind the scenes to help this club move forward.
Both Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks have asked me to express their thanks to the support that they have received from the fans. We wish them well in the future, and who knows where that will take them.
All the best Paul and Shaun.