Scott Parker: Fulham appoint ex-captain as permanent manager
Parker has won three and lost six of his nine games in charge

Scott Parker has been appointed Fulham manager on a permanent basis.

The former England midfielder, 38, was promoted from first-team coach to caretaker boss in February after Claudio Ranieri was sacked.

He lost his first five games in charge as Fulham were relegated from the Premier League, but then three of the next four matches.

Chairman Shahid Khan said he believed Parker is “more than up to the task” of returning the club to the top flight.

“We are now all focused on ending this campaign with a positive result on Sunday against Newcastle and look forward to preparations for the new season, which have already begun,” said Parker.

He was capped 18 times by England and played nearly 600 professional games, mainly in the Premier League for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before ending his career at Fulham in June 2017.

A year later he returned to the club as first-team coach, having been in charge of Tottenham’s Under-18 side.

“Scott was brave to accept a very difficult challenge in February when appointed as our caretaker manager,” Khan said. “Since that time, day by day, whether in training or on matchday, we’ve undeniably become a better football club.”

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