Sport Scott Parker’s first season as a manager ends in Fulham promotion

02:20  05 august  2020
02:20  05 august  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Fulham manager Scott Parker faces date with destiny in final test of the season . Fulham gambled their promotion hopes on an inexperienced manager - but they are The cruel fate of play-off football means Parker could end the day as a hero or immediately face questions from fans over his future.

Scott Parker believes Fulham were fragile after relegation from the Premier League but they can seal an instant return with victory over Brentford in the “There is no bigger stage than now,” the Fulham manager said. “He has worked for this moment, to be able to help us achieve what we want to

Fulham are headed back to the Premier League after just one season in the EFL Championship, and that means Scott Parker has worked something of a minor miracle in west London.

Joe Bryan, Scott Parker are posing for a picture © Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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Parker took on a hefty challenge when he accepted his first senior managerial job last year. Fulham were a virtual lock to be relegated from the Premier League when he was named interim boss in February, and their place in the second division had long since been confirmed by the time he was named Claudio Ranieri’s permanent successor in May. The squad was expensive, bloated and full of players who had no intention of sticking around after relegation.

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Fulham have confirmed Scott Parker as their permanent manager as they prepare for life back in the But the 38-year-old wasn't able to keep Fulham in the Premier League with their relegation Parker puts pen to paper on a permanent deal as Fulham return to the second tier next season .

Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker expects talks on future at end of the season . 'And I said it at the start as well, I'm treating this as a long-term role, in the sense that I was here a long time as a player, and now I'm back I believe in what I'm doing, what I'm trying to create, and at the end of it we'll

Given the club’s wealth of resources relative to the rest of the Championship, promotion at the first time of asking was more an expectation than a hope at Craven Cottage. Fast-forward 15 months, and the 39-year-old has quickly proven himself the right man for the job after doing just that — taking Fulham back to the PL by way of Tuesday’s Championship promotion playoff final.

Promotion may have been sealed on Tuesday, but Parker believes it was earned over a long period of transition and self-reflection by the players, beginning when he first took the job — quotes from the BBC:

“We’ve done what we’ve done tonight, but there’s still improvement, and that’s what makes me so proud and happy.

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Fulham manager Scott Parker will have top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic available for their Championship play-off final with “Of course I have been at the football club for a long time, as a player and now in my first full season of leading the club and the team to this point so I’m very proud.

Shahid Khan[3]. Manager . Scott Parker . Fulham have reached two major finals: in 1975, as a Second Division team, they contested the FA Cup Final for the only time in their history, losing 2–0 to West Ham United, and Fulham finished the season three points short of promotion in fourth place.

“For all of the good players and everything you see, what makes me so happy is I see a group of players who only a year ago were struggling psychologically, didn’t have a mindset or mentality.

“I’ve driven this team every single day and what makes me proud is I stood on the touchline tonight and seen a team that represents what I’ve been saying over the last 12 months.”

Now comes the the truly difficult challenge for Parker: after winning Fulham promotion he must assemble a squad of players not only good enough to stay in the PL, but also one full of individuals who want to be at his club and not simply any club that just so happens to be in England’s top division.

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