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Former Hammer of the Year replaces Ranieri

Filed: Thursday, 28th February 2019
By: Staff Writer

Three times Hammer of the Year Scott Parker has been unveiled as the new caretaker manager of Fulham.

The Premier League strugglers parted company with Claudio Ranieri ealier in the day following a disappointing sequence of results.

And a matter of hours later, the south west London based side confriemd that Parker had agreed to step in and replace Ranieri until the end of the season.

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"Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone," read a statement released on behalf of Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan on Thursday.

"I am asking Scott Parker to serve as our Caretaker Manager. Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilise, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club.

" If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.

"What’s most important at this moment, however, is to regroup in a smart and deliberate manner that will serve our long-term vision for sustainable success. If we’re able to do that and win some matches to make a stand late in the season, all the better."

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Parker joined Fulham in 2013 and spent four season as a player at Craven Cottage before retiring in June 2017. After a brief spell coaching at Tottenham, he returned to Fulham last summer to become part of Slavisa Jokanovic's back room team.

The midfielder joined West Ham from Newcastle United in 2007 and went on to spend four successful seasons at West Ham, where he won the Player of the Year award three times in succession between 2009 and 2011.

He left the club in the summer of 2011 following West Ham's relegation from the Premier League, under the stewardship of Avram Grant.

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