Fulham manager Scott Parker is edging closer to a departure from Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by Sky Sports, who claim that the 40-year-old and the Cottagers are currently finalising the mutual termination of his contract, ahead of Parker’s expected move to Bournemouth on the 1st July.
The report goes on to state that the former England international has already put together his backroom staff in anticipation of taking over at the Vitality Stadium, with the Cherries incumbent manager Jonathan Woodgate looking set to leave the club at the end of the month.
With the uncertainty surrounding Parker’s future in west London swirling for a number of weeks now, the fact that Fulham appear close to finally closing the 40-year-old’s chapter at the club is sure to have left both Shahid and Tony Khan feeling rather relieved.
Indeed, it had been reported that the relationship between the Fulham hierarchy and the coach had broken down significantly following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last term, with Parker having made comments during the season regarding the actions of Tony Khan in relation to the club’s transfer business, with the manager labelling the director’s involvement as “frustrating.”
However, with the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder now looking extremely likely to be on the way to Bournemouth at the end of the month, Khan can now begin to turn his attention to appointing Parker’s successor, with recent reports claiming that Swansea City’s Steve Cooper is under the consideration of the Fulham bosses.
Whoever the new manager ends up being, however, one thing is certain – Khan will be expecting a swift return to the Premier League next season, and anything other than achieving this feat would represent something of a disaster for Fulham, and likely result in the unknown manager’s sacking.