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Scott Parker: the case for and against

Fulham ‘s first away win at Bournemouth in a year solidifies the case for Scott Parker’s permanent appointment.

Here I draw up the pros and cons:


1) Fulham have had 6 managers over 6 years. Each new appointment might offer initial hope but the reality was upheaval. The case for continuity is strong.

2) It was near impossible to avoid relegation after Ranieri. The team has new confidence with 2 straight wins and no goals conceded.

3) He is playing Ryan Sessegnon which Ranieri did not. He is also prepared to have on the sub’s young starlets like Harvey Elliot aged 16.

4) His talent as a defensive midfielder has improved Anguisssa the £30m acquisition who plays a similar role.

5) He is in the tradition of Malcom MacDonald and Chris Coleman of popular ex Fulham players making their managerial debut.


1) He will be the manager who took Fulham down and failed to win key games like Watford and Leicester away.

2) Most of the team that support him now will be gone by next season.

3) He has no experience of the Championship.

4) He has no experience of the transfer market and might buy into a recruitment policy and structure that has failed.

5) There are better candidates e.g. David Wagner of Huddersfield.


The solution might be for a full interviewing process of every candidate which would include Scott Parker.

Alan Tanner
About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts