In Scott Parker’s pre-match press conference ahead of Fulham’s match against Bournemouth, the caretaker manager reiterated his desire to prepare Fulham for life in the Championship.
Parker’s repeated references to planning for Fulham’s future are the strongest indications yet that he is preparing for the permanent job.
Although Parker told Fulham’s official website he hasn’t talked to the club’s board, he maintained he is in contact with Tony Khan about his plans for the 2019/20 campaign.
“I think it will be beneficial to everyone at the Football Club to take this time to really focus, reassess, and plan for next year,” Parker said.
“It’s going to be a big year, obviously a difficult year in a difficult league, but we know where we are and I feel this time is a massive opportunity to get ahead of the game, to plan and prepare for a massive campaign to try and get back into this division.”
Even though rumours have swirled about Steve Clarke, David Wagner, and now even Neil Lennon taking over at Craven Cottage, Parker appears to be striking a confident note while he is in the caretaker role.
Rarely do caretaker managers speak so publicly about their vision for the club in the future, and Parker is showing an admirable passion and level of fondness for Fulham.
With more experienced candidates being linked with the full-time job, Scott Parker appears undaunted in his pursuit for the permanent position.