TalkSport insider Alex Crook has offered an update on the future of Scott Parker at Fulham.
It has been something of a peculiar season for Parker and Fulham, as despite coming in for some major praise for his team’s style of play at times this season, built around a rather solid defence in the middle part of the campaign, it ultimately wasn’t enough to keep them in the Premier League, with the Fulham hierarchy reportedly not too happy with how he handled the way the season panned out.
However, despite relegation, he has found himself linked with both the Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth jobs, and speaking on TalkSport, Crook said that given the relationship between Parker and the board at Fulham, if he felt the position at the Vitality Stadium looked more promising, he could walk away from Craven Cottage:
“He wants to stay in club management, not necessarily with Fulham, though. It is my understanding that Scott Parker’s relationship with the powers that be at Craven Cottage isn’t necessarily as strong as it once was.
“It could be an interesting week for him, because I know Bournemouth are looking for a new manager… they are long-term admirers of Scott Parker, dating right back to when Eddie Howe left the club upon their relegation from the Premier League.
“If they could, I know they would love to get him in. Obviously the issue there is that he still has two years left on his Fulham contract. Is he going to walk away? There’s a possibility, from what I’m told from people close to Scott Parker, if there’s a genuine offer from another club, a project that maybe he fancies more than the one he’s involved in at the moment, he could walk away.”
TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments about Scott Parker’s future at Fulham…
Is Scott Parker the right man to manage Fulham?
For Fulham, this summer does offer them the chance to totally reset things, with some people’s futures uncertain, it may make sense for them to go one step further and start the whole process again rather in the hopes of building something long-term rather than just being a ‘yo-yo club’, as they have been for the past four seasons.
And if that means bringing in a new manager with a different philosophy that is more suited to a long-term project, then letting Parker leave should certainly be an option for them.
And if they can convince someone to take him off their hands and get some compensation for it, which could be used on the playing staff or to tempt a new manager in, then all the better.