CHERRIES are "set to miss out" on hiring Scott Parker as their new boss, according to a report in The Sun.

Parker has long been of interest to Cherries, who are currently considering their options of who to appoint as head coach for the 2021-22 season, which begins in less than two months.

Jonathan Woodgate signed a short-term deal after replacing Jason Tindall in February, with that contract set to expire at the end of this month following defeat in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent last week, chairman Jeff Mostyn said: "We are currently finalising the recruitment process for a manager and we’re in the closing stages of that.

“The manager appointment, we all know, is fundamental. It’s the key appointment of the summer and it’s the first piece of a puzzle."

But according to The Sun, Cherries could be about to miss out on their reported number one target Parker.

The tabloid claim Cherries' failure to secure promotion to the top flight "may end up costing them" in their pursuit of Fulham boss Parker.

The report goes on to say Parker "still feels an emotional tie to Bournemouth" given their previous interest in him.

Fulham were promoted under Parker in 2019-20, before being relegated back into the Championship last season.