Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is not interested in taking up the vacant managerial position at Fulham following Scott Parker’s exit, according to The Athletic.
Parker’s drawn-out exit from Fulham has finally been confirmed by the club as has his much-anticipated switch to Championship rivals Bournemouth.
That means that the efforts of Fulham can now be fully concentrated on finding the right manager to take over and lead their promotion push next season in the English second tier.
Howe has already been close to landing one job this summer, but a move for him to Celtic ultimately did not materialise. That leaves the former Bournemouth manager still out of work and given his previous Championship promotion-winning experience he could have been one name that emerged as a contender for Fulham.
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However, the latest report from The Athletic has revealed that Howe would not be interested in taking over from Scott Parker this summer. It is therefore thought that he is not in the running for the job at Craven Cottage and they will be looking at other targets.
It seems a little strange that Howe would not entertain the idea of going to Fulham this summer, because they are a club that should be able to hand him resources to build a side that can challenge for promotion to the Premier League. It is possible though that he is holding out for a Premier League job that might come available at the start of next term.
The former Bournemouth boss could have been a good potential option for Fulham, but at least they know very early on in their search that he is not keen on the position. That means that they will not be wasting time as Celtic did earlier on in the summer trying to seal a move for him.
It is going to be interesting to see where Howe ends up this summer, or if he has to wait for a while longer to get the job that he is looking for. As for Fulham, they need to get a new manager in as soon as possible but also make sure it is the right one that can help to bring them back to the Premier League.