New manager contract (Not Rafa Benitez…) confirmed ahead of Fulham v Newcastle United
Ahead of Fulham v Newcastle on Sunday, Scott Parker has been confirmed as the man to lead the West London club next season.
Appointed as caretaker at the end of February, it has taken under three months and before the end of the season, for the Fulham owner to get the manager tied down for next season.
This means former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker can get cracking straight away with plans for the summer and next season.
Meanwhile, three hundred miles up the road, Rafa Benitez has said there should be a meeting to talk about his future within the next ten days and he is hoping Mike Ashley will turn up to it.
Ashley has had these past three years to ensure Rafa Benitez stays beyond his current three year contract but has done nothing it try and make it happen.
At today’s press conference, Rafa Benitez admitted that a number of players, including Salomon Rondon are wondering about their future and what is happening at the club. The NUFC manager saying they will need to wait and see first what is happening with his (Rafa’s) position at the club.
Meanwhile it is less than a week now until the summer transfer window opens…
Fulham Official Announcement:
‘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.’
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