The Cottagers have just five games to salvage their Premier League status, however, they will be relying on other teams to slip up dramatically, with 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion seven points adrift.
Is Scott Parker the right man to manage Fulham?
Jones hailed manager Scott Parker for his efforts this season, however, he did admit he has heard whispers surrounding the club’s stance on the 40-year-old’s future.
Parker was appointed the Fulham manager in 2019 and has been at the helm of the Cottagers for 100 games, but he faces a huge ask for his side to keep their Premier League status now.
When questioned on whether he sees Fulham keeping Parker after the end of this Premier League campaign, Jones had the following to say:
“I really want him to [stay] – I’m a Fulham fan, and I’ve been really impressed by the way he’s learned in the job. He’s made a lot of mistakes, but he’s always learned from them and found ways to overcome them.
“I actually think Scott Parker’s got a huge future in the game as a coach and as a manager. I know coaches that actually think he can go all the way to the very top and manage either a big club, maybe like Tottenham, or even get involved in the England setup at some point.
“So he’s got a really good reputation in the game, he’s a really nice guy. I think Fulham would be mad to part ways with him. I hope it doesn’t happen. I have heard some whispers that they will consider it, but I hope it’s not true.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
It has been a turbulent season for Parker and Fulham. At times the Cottagers have looked great, beating Liverpool in a run of games where it looked like they were on track to beat the drop, but over the last month their survival push has fallen off the tracks with no wins in their last five.
Despite staring relegation in the face, Jones believes Parker is still the right man for the job and has a huge future ahead of him in football management. Recently, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been linked with a potential return to north London.
There is still a lot to play for this season for Fulham and it is clear Jones hopes the Whites do not move on from Parker if they are to return to the Championship next season.
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