Who could become the next Fulham manager if Scott Parker leaves for Bournemouth?
Scott Parker is reportedly set to leave Fulham this week, and he could then be on his way down to the south coast with fellow Championship side Bournemouth.
This is according to The Telegraph’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt, who adds: “there has been friction with the hierarchy over their plans for the future,” with club and manager en route to part ways by mutual consent.
Both clubs will be playing in the second-tier next season after Parker’s Fulham suffered relegation from the Premier League, while Jonathan Woodgate’s Bournemouth lost out in the play-off semi-finals to eventual promotion winners Brentford.
Despite failing to keep Fulham in the top-flight, young boss Parker did his reputation no harm, and he was recently the bookmakers’ favourite for the Tottenham job, which now finally looks to be going to Paulo Fonseca.
If reports are to be believed Parker is now on his way to the Cherries, where he’ll replace Woodgate who has been overseeing the first team on an interim basis since Jason Tindall’s departure in February.
It’s not yet known what this could mean for Woodgate’s future at the club.
So, what direction could Fulham take if Parker was to leave this summer?
High-profile out-of-work managers include Chris Wilder, Eddie Howe, and Frank Lampard, plus the French duo of Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, while Alex Neil has plenty of Championship experience on his CV following spells at Norwich and Preston, and Derek McInnes is waiting for his next opportunity after leaving Aberdeen.
Perhaps Fulham could make a move for one of the Championship’s in-demand bosses, such as Swansea’s Steve Cooper or Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael; both of whom are being hotly linked with Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, veterans Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce are both now available for hire, with the former previously leading Fulham to a Europa League final back in 2010. Hodgson was also voted the LMA Manager of the Year that season, before he left for Liverpool.
Further down the league ladder, West Brom-linked Michael Appleton will surely return to the Championship touchline sooner rather than later.
Russell Martin has been winning plaudits at MK Dons, Neil Critchley enjoyed a cracking first full season at Blackpool who will be joining Fulham in the Championship next season, while Oxford’s Karl Robinson could also be on their radar.
Alternatively, Michael Duff continues to bolster his reputation at Cheltenham, then up in Scotland St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has caught attention after leading his troops to a domestic cup double.
Elsewhere, we have the likes of Michael Carrick and John Terry who will no doubt harbour hopes of entering into the managerial arena.
Fulham are currently the 6/1 favourites to win the Championship title and can be backed at 15/8 to gain promotion at the first time of asking.