Championship side AFC Bournemouth are hoping to appoint Fulham manager Scott Parker before the weekend according to the Evening Standard, as the Cherries look forward to their 2021/22 campaign.
40-year-old Parker’s future at Fulham became uncertain ever since the Premier League season finished – but this potential move to AFC Bournemouth was reported by The Athletic last week and it now seems the final details are being sorted before the managerial transfer is complete.
As per a report in The Sun, these negotiations between the West London side and their manager over a mutual termination are still ongoing, with the club refusing to pay the former England international a single penny in a potential severance package.
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However, this deal is still likely to get over the line considering how deep into negotiations the two parties are.
Parker was relegated from the top tier with the Cottagers last month – but has a Championship promotion on his CV after beating Brentford in the 2019/20 playoff final and Bournemouth will be hoping the Fulham boss can repeat this at the Vitality Stadium.
They fell just short last year under Jonathan Woodgate, with the south coast side capitulating in the play-off semi-final second leg against Brentford and because of that, the former Middlesbrough man was not offered a new deal to remain with the club. But their new man will be on their way very shortly if a mutual termination of Parker’s contract is finally agreed.
With pre-season just around the corner, it’s no wonder Bournemouth want to get this deal completed as soon as possible. Parker will need time to assess his current squad, deal with the Philip Billing situation amid the Norwich City rumours and decide who he wants to bring in to bolster his chances of winning a second managerial promotion.
For the Cherries’ sake, they will be hoping Parker’s tough negotiations with Fulham conclude very soon, because this is nothing but a disadvantageous distraction to both Championship teams involved and the Cottagers will be hoping to make their own appointment shortly after the move is complete.
Either way, the 40-year-old is now past the point of no return. He will either end up at Bournemouth or become unemployed, how could he possibly carry on at Craven Cottage after this event? He can’t, surely?