Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has said Fulham manager Scott Parker will only consider a move to AFC Bournemouth if they genuinely want to push for promotion next year, according to a Transfer Tavern exclusive.
As per a report in The Telegraph and many other outlets, Parker is set to leave his role as manager after nearly two and a half years in the job, due to disagreements with the Fulham board regarding the club’s direction.
His team are now preparing for life back in the Championship after finishing 18th in last season’s Premier League, 11 points from safety – and although Parker already has a promotion to the top flight on his CV in what has been a short managerial career thus far – the 40-year-old is now edging closer to the exit door and could end up on the south coast at AFC Bournemouth.
According to Peter Rutzler and Oliver Kay at The Athletic, that is now his likely destination with the Cherries narrowly missing out on promotion after achieving a playoff place last year, finishing sixth in the Championship.
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However, Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry says Bournemouth will need to set their sights high if they are to attract the Fulham manager to the Vitality Stadium. In an interview with the Transfer Tavern, Fry stated: “Scott would want a club in the Championship that’s going to have a right go at going up. He wants to go up again.”
Now that Parker has one promotion on his CV, he will want a second one to prove his success at Craven Cottage was not due to his previous ties at the club.
Barry Fry was pretty assertive in his verdict, however, and if Bournemouth do succeed in landing the Fulham boss, expect him to be heavily backed in the window. With Philip Billing, Arnaut Danjuma and Jefferson Lerma all being linked with moves away from the south coast, the 40-year-old could potentially have a huge amount of money to spend in this window.
For Bournemouth fans though, this could feel like a very Woodgate-esque appointment. But if Parker can get the experienced Harry Redknapp on board, who lives near the club, it could potentially be a match that sees the Cherries return to the top flight.