This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Bournemouth are interested in appointing Fulham manager Scott Parker as a replacement for Jonathan Woodgate, a report from The Sun has claimed.
Woodgate took over as Bournemouth manager following the sacking of Jason Tindall back in February, but failed to guide the club to promotion back to the Premier League after defeat to Brentford in the Championship play-off semi-final.
Now it seems as though that could prove costly for Woodgate, with this latest update
claiming that the 41-year-old is set to be sacked, with Parker said to be being lined up to take over at The Vitality Stadium.
Parker has been Fulham manager since February 2019, and took the club to promotion to the Premier League in the 2019/20 campaign, although he was unable to prevent the Cottagers suffering an immediate relegation back to the Championship last season.
As things stand, Parker has two years remaining on his contract with Fulham, securing his future at Craven Cottage until the end of the 2022/23 season.
So is there any chance Parker could leave Fulham to take over at Bournemouth this summer? We asked some of our Football League World if they could see the former England international making that change in club, and here, is a look at what they had to say.
I would be very surprised if Parker was to swap Fulham for Bournemouth this summer in all honesty.
Both Fulham and Bournemouth are clubs that you would expect to be competing for promotion from the Championship next season, so it isn’t as if he would be strengthening his position by making a move such as this.
Indeed, given Parker already knows all about his Fulham squad, and the fact they should have a greater amount of parachute payments coming in having only been relegated this summer, and he may even be making life harder for himself by moving to unfamiliar surroundings in Bournemouth.
Add to that the fact that Parker has made his passion and affection for Fulham clear in recent years, and it feels hard to see him walking away from the club to join a rival.
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I don’t think I can see him leaving this summer, no.
For me, the Fulham is one of the best to have in the Championship because of the financial backing that the manager gets.
Bournemouth themselves aren’t exactly skint in financial terms, but I feel that the Whites have more pulling power when it comes to bringing in players.
Parker has got a good thing going at Craven Cottage and I just can’t see him giving that up at the first opportunity.
I’d be very shocked if he swapped West London for the South Coast this summer.
This would be a very brave decision from Scott Parker if he were to swap Fulham for Bournemouth this summer. However, it does seem that there is some doubt over whether he will remain at Craven Cottage to lead their attempts to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Bournemouth is an attractive potential destination for him, with the Cherries still having the nucleus of a very strong squad for the Championship and if they were to keep hold of their best players they should be amongst the favourites once again next term.
Appointing Parker would have to be a sign of intent that Bournemouth will be either spending big or keeping hold of their key players. Therefore, you could see the Fulham manager being tempted to make the switch and he might feel he would have a better chance of long-term success with the Cherries than at Craven Cottage.
However, Parker has been linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job so this would be something of a step down from that kind of level. Some might even see a move from Fulham to Bournemouth as something of a sideways step and there is the chance he could view it that way as well.