The former Fulham captain, Scott Parker, has been named as caretaker coach at Craven Cottage. Following Claudio Ranieri’s unsurprising dismissal, the club has turned to a familiar face in Parker.
Chelsea at home will be the new manager’s first test. This is followed by an away game at Leicester. Fulham then host first placed, Liverpool, and then second-placed, Man City. It will surely be a managerial baptism of fire for Parker.
A combative and competitive midfielder in his day, Parker perhaps possesses the motivational qualities needed to give Fulham a boost. Since retiring in the summer of 2017, Parker spent a year coaching West Ham’s U-18 side before joining Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham set up as a first-team coach. At the time of his appointment, Parker expressed his delight at returning to Craven Cottage:
“I’m delighted to join the Club this week and look forward to working with Slaviša once again, as well as with the rest of the coaching staff and players”
The pressure will now be on as Parker steps in to the managerial hot-seat. Expectations will be realistic considering the poor recent form under Rainieri and the upcoming set of fixtures. However, if Parker can make small improvements, the job could be his as Fulham will enter a rebuilding process after the season.