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Scott Parker appointed Fulham manager

last updated Friday 10th May 2019, 6:58 PM

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Scott Parker has been appointed Fulham manager on a two-year contract.

The former England midfielder, 38, was promoted from first-team coach to caretaker boss in February after Claudio Ranieri was sacked.

He lost his first five games in charge as Fulham were relegated from the Premier League, but then won three of the next four matches.

Chairman Shahid Khan said he believed Parker is "more than up to the task" of returning the club to the top flight.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of Sunday's final match of the season against Newcastle, Parker said: 'It's a two-year contract and I'm very excited about the challenge.

I know how things work, the daily dynamics of team, and where improvements need to be made.

'Now, the challenge lies with me to move things forward.

Ultimately, success comes from a culture and a desire - that needs to be our foundation.

We'll drive a culture here that our fans will recognise.

'I've got twenty years of playing experience and twenty years of being in changing rooms.

I want to use that experience to help the Club be successful and move things forward.

' He was capped 18 times by England and played nearly 600 professional games, mainly in the Premier League for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before ending his career at Fulham in June 2017.

A year later he returned to the club as first-team coach, having been in charge of Tottenham's Under-18 side.

Fulham FC Statement:
Shahid Khan, Chairman of Fulham Football Club, today promoted Scott Parker from Caretaker Manager to the full-time post of Head Coach, effective immediately.

“Scott was brave to accept a very difficult challenge in February when appointed as our Caretaker Manager,” Khan said.

“Since that time, day by day, whether in training or on matchday, we’ve undeniably become a better football club.

“Scott will now have another challenge to face, and that is to return Fulham to the Premier League.

I fully believe Scott is more than up to the task.

I appreciate that he’s been clear for many years that his ultimate goal is to excel as a manager, and he will be given every opportunity to succeed at Fulham.

I also have no doubt that he knows and loves this Club every bit as much as our supporters, and that’s an intangible that everyone can welcome”.

Scott Parker added: “I’m delighted to be appointed Head Coach of Fulham Football Club and I thank the Chairman for entrusting me with this responsibility, as well as the support and encouragement that both he and Tony Khan have provided me.

“The players, staff and fans have all been fantastic with me since I took temporary charge.

We are now all focused on ending this campaign with a positive result on Sunday against Newcastle and look forward to preparations for the new season, which have already begun”.

Parker, 38, arrived at Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur in summer of 2013 as one of the Khans’ first signings.

In his first season with the Club, Parker made 32 appearances and scored two goals, including a strike from outside of the box, late in the game, to win at 2-1 Norwich City on Boxing Day.

The following season he was appointed Club Captain and would later help Fulham reach the Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals in 2016/17, departing that summer after having made 128 appearances for the Whites while notching six goals.

Parker then returned to Fulham as First Team Coach in the summer of 2018 before being installed as Caretaker Manager following Claudio Ranieri’s departure on February 28th.

Under Parker’s guidance, Fulham narrowly lost to Chelsea and Liverpool before producing our only three-match winning streak of the season, recording clean sheets in all three games.

Parker earned 18 caps for England, for whom he played all four of the Three Lions’ matches at Euro 2012, while also serving as captain earlier the same year versus the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium.

Parker was voted Player of the Year in 2011 by the Football Writers’ Association and, overall, has made 590 career appearances for club and country, pocketing 36 goals.

Source BBC Sport/Adam Shergold at Daily Mail
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