Phillips turns up heat on O'Driscoll
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Cherries were relegated from Division Two last season and expectations of a quick return have been dealt a blow with Bournemouth sitting fourth from bottom in the table with three draws and a defeat from their first four matches.
The Dean Court club have set clear goals to earn promotion this term and Phillips has decided to hold his coaching staff responsible if they are unable to turn fortunes around.
Phillips told the Bournemouth official website: "At the start of the season, Sean and I agreed that a good start was imperative.
"Our minimum target after ten games is to be in the top seven.
"With the talent available to us, we should be higher even than that.
"We have made a poor start, and Sean and Peter know they have six games to turn things round.
"I want to emphasise that in every other way, Sean is doing an outstanding job for this club.
"He is an excellent coach, extremely dedicated and hard working.
"Despite severe financial constraints, Sean and Peter have built a squad of talented footballers, capable on their day of beating anyone in this division.
"He has also revitalised the youth structure of the club, so that we now have home-grown talented youngsters coming through who will be stars of the future.
"However, professional football is a harsh business and like all managers, Sean knows that he is judged on results.
"Results are poor and time is running out."
The South Coast club face Oxford United on Tuesday at Dean Court and Phillips expects The Cherries to start putting things right against The U's.
Meanwhile, striker Warren Feeney will see a consultant this week after suffering ankle ligament damage in Bournemouth's 1-1 draw against Cambridge United on Saturday - a match in which he scored the equaliser for The Cherries.