Fulham’s all-time record goalscorer Gordon Davies has thrown his support behind manager Scott Parker, saying the young boss needs more time in his role.
Parker was given the permanent manager’s position following their relegation from the Premier League but has come under pressure for inconsistencies in the club’s displays this season.
However, Davies has urged the fans and the club to show patience.
“It’s been hard on Scott because he’s in such a pressure job being his first managerial post and he’s learning on the job,” Davies said in an interview with Love Sport Radio.
“I think the Barnsley game was an eye-opener to a lot of people within the club that it’s not going to be a certainty and it wasn’t going to be as easy as everyone outside the club expected it to be.
“It’s going to be a difficult year for him no matter what happens, and the pressure is going to be on him, and I think he’s handled it well.”
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Cauley Woodrow gave the vistors the lead in the first half after Marek Rodak had brought down Jacob Brown in the Fulham penalty area, the striker stepping up to net his 12th of the season.
Things got worse for Fulham in the second half when Brown was set through on goal by Woodrow again, clipping the ball past the onrushing Rodak and into the bottom corner.
It was Woodrow who rounded things off with just ten minutes remaining as well, finding space on the left hand side before eventually lashing the ball home.
I agree with Davies to a certain extent, I believe Parker should be given more time past this season, whatever happens.
However, at the same time, Parker will have known the pressure he was going to be under when taking on the role. He knew the squad was likely to be much stronger than others in the division and would have been aware of the expectation that accompanies that.