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3 realistic Scott Parker replacements Fulham need to consider as news emerges

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Fulham manager Scott Parker is set to depart Craven Cottage this week, according to the Telegraph.

The Cottagers are preparing for life back in the Championship following relegation from the Premier League last season, a year on from their play-off final win at Wembley.

But the club are set to lose their manager, with Parker reportedly in talks to leave Craven Cottage after a breakdown in relationship with the board.

Parker, who took over in February 2019, has since won 37 of his 105 games in charge of Fulham, guiding the club to promotion in 2019/20.

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But AFC Bournemouth are ready to offer Parker a quick route back into management, as the Cherries look to find a replacement for Jonathan Woodgate.

Here, we take a look at three replacements Fulham need to consider as Parker prepares to bring an end to his tenure at Craven Cottage…

Chris Wilder

Wilder remains on the lookout for a new job after his controversial exit from Sheffield United last season.

Wilder guided the Blades from League One to the Premier League in only three years, leading to them a ninth place finish in the top-flight 2019/20.

Ultimately, a poor summer of recruitment led to their downfall and his departure in March.

But the job the 53-year-old did was nothing short of remarkable, and he won 106 of his 227 games in charge of the Blades.

West Brom’s hierarchy have sounded out Wilder as a contender to replace Sam Allardyce, but the club’s owner is against the idea of a move for him due to his relationship with Sheffield United’s board.

Fulham should consider pouncing.

Eddie Howe

Howe looked to be a main contender for the Celtic job, before Ange Postecoglou was appointed this week.

It means that Howe remains on the lookout for a new job, having left AFC Bournemouth at the end of the 2019/20.

Similarly to Wilder, Howe oversaw Bournemouth’s rise up the leagues, and did a superb job in keeping them in the Premier League for so long.

Relegation ultimately came around, but there can be no denying Howe’s ability as a coach.

It would be a coup to lure him back down to the Championship, but the prospect of winning promotion could be attractive for him.

Valerien Ismael

Ismael has caught the eye in English football this season after taking the reins at Oakwell and steering Barnsley to a play-off semi-final finish.

The Frenchman has attracted interest from Crystal Palace after installing an excellent, attacking brand of football at Oakwell, and has established himself as one of the best coaches in the Championship.

It would be a coup to lure him away from Barnsley, especially with Fulham now in the same league as the Tykes.

But Fulham have a number of talented attacking players at the club, and they could all thrive under Ismael’s tutelage if he made the move to Craven Cottage.

It would be a real statement of intent to bring him in.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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