Scott Minto has hailed the job being done by Scott Parker at Fulham, saying that he deserves credit for a difficult job.
The Cottagers have had a decent start to season but have come under pressure with many tipping them to challenge for automatic promotion.
Parker’s side currently sit in eighth place in the Championship after falling to a shock 3-0 defeat against Hull City last week.
While some have criticised the former midfielder for not hitting the ground running in the second tier, Minto said that he should be praised for doing an excellent job in difficult circumstances.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, the Sky Sports presenter said: “I don’t think Scott Parker should be under pressure for his job.
“I think he will be feeling under pressure every day from the moment he wakes up to the moment that he goes to sleep because he’ll be thinking football and how he can turn this style into a winning style.
“People forget that when you look at the players who have dropped down to the Championship, first of all mentally, Scott has to change the culture from what has been a losing culture.
“To be relegated players have got used to losing games so he has to change that psychologically.
“Secondly, he is asking to play a style of football that they’re capable of doing but isn’t easy to do in the Championship.
“One of the best performances I’ve seen this season was the 60 minutes Fulham played against West Brom who are certainly fighting for the top two, and it might end up being them plus one.
“So it’s not that Fulham did that against one of the lower clubs, they did it against one of the top clubs in the division.”
Minto reiterated: “I don’t think Scott Parker should be under pressure at all for his job. It’s about a young manager who’s had a great career and wants to make his way in the game.
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“He’s not wanting to go into the media, he’s wanting to go into the thick end of management and the pressure that comes with that.
“I’m telling you now, he’s a better manager now than he was at the start of the season and he’ll be a better manager again at the end of the season.
“Let’s give him time and room to try and breathe.
“Fulham are playing well offensively but they’re conceding silly goals. It’s not that the philosophy isn’t working, it’s just moments in the game where they’re conceding goals that they shouldn’t.
“I’m a big fan of what Scott’s trying to do at Fulham and I hope he’s very successful at it.”