A newly relegated manager is reportedly set to quit with AFC Bournemouth to confirm the surprise appointment with talks gathering pace.
The Cherries, who lost in the Championship playoff this summer, have a long-standing interest in Parker dating back to when Eddie Howe left at the end of the 2019-2020 season.
Jonathan Woodgate took charge of the club for the second half of last season, leading them to the playoff semi-finals, but is out of contract this summer.
Parker has been at them helm with Fulham since the latter stages of the 2018/19 season, bringing the club straight back up to the Premier League after relegation in that campaign.
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Scott Parker X The Streets
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— Twitter UK (@TwitterUK) June 7, 2021
However, the former England midfielder couldn’t save the Cottagers from going down to the Championship again this term.
talkSPORT and other more local media outlets understands that Parker is close to ending his tenure at Craven Cottage over differences with the Fulham hierarchy.
Bournemouth will look to appoint the former Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder with him expected to leave the club.
Woodgate, meanwhile, saved his managerial reputation at Bournemouth this season after a bleak and poor debut campaign with Middlesbrough.
Taking over from Jason Tindall on a temporary basis in February, Woodgate got the job permanently despite speculation linking the Cherries with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, the latter linked again more recently.
However, having guided the South coast outfit to the playoffs, his side threw away a two-goal aggregate lead as eventual-winners Brentford came from behind in the second-leg.
With Fulham needing a massive rebuild due to the expiration of numerous player contracts, Parker could see Bournemouth as a better opportunity to get back in the Premier League.
Former Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy suggests Parker may be disappointed with the recruitment policy at Craven Cottage.
“The situation at Fulham regarding recruitment isn’t on board with the way Scott wanted to do it,” Murphy told talkSPORT last week.
“His opinion isn’t sought after as much as he would get somewhere else.
“He found that last season where there were a few issues regarding certain players he wanted.
“If you don’t feel like your input is valid, I’d rather go somewhere with a smaller budget.”
Parker to #AFCB gathering pace. Still legwork to be done but a willingness on both sides to get a deal. Parker feels his time at #FFC has run its course and is ready for a new challenge. https://t.co/1WtKUUoEkx
— Alex Crook ⚽️🎙 (@alex_crook) June 15, 2021
Fans reacted after seeing that Bournemouth are set to confirm the surprise appointment of manager…
@HarryfromTTP: Finalllly we got there!
@fm_iconic: Get in!!!!
@OCarlqvist: Sign him now for fu*** sake, the window is already open @afcbournemouth
@zacb03: Fulham fans don’t seem to have liked him very much, too defensive and isolates strikers apparently. However, he does have experience and success in the championship so am willing to give him a chance and will support him
@Cherriesredarmy: Week 4 and Parker is back in the running. Legwork to do so more patience required Cherries
@AFCB_Brownie: 🎤 WE ARE GOING UP I SAID WE ARE GOING UP 🎤
@dcolgan1: Scott Parker leaves Fulham yippee
@gw850: Scott Parker wears a nice jacket, slicks his hair back and everyone suddenly thinks he’s a good manager.. we’ll just ignore the two relegations and shocking performances
@ftbl_joey: WBA GET IT DONE
@albion_gaming: Get. Him. In. Now.
@TomRogers24: Please please take him, I’ll even drive him up there
@Lufc19821: Clubs fans on here clamouring for him you do realise he failed dramatically at Fulham don’t you? With the squad they had in championship they should’ve walked getting up then in PL look at what happened. Weird how clubs want these failed English managers for some reason.
@Jr72su: Correct. Probably had a better squad than Leeds and certainly WBA, yet scraped through the play offs. Bournemouth are very welcome to him.
@jakeliversauce: @WBA we can’t fuck this up
@MrJ9_FFC: I’d Rather see @TonyKhan leave and give him a season with his own players tbh because we all know the exact same cycle will happen AGAIN whoever we bring in with Tony Khan still running the Circus!
@Tendou1879: Agreed. We’ll be stuck in a loop until either TK leaves or by some miracle our transfer policy changes and we don’t have 7 or 8 loans in our starting 11 next season.
@Robbo_87_: He’s wank, underachieved massively
@Hugo__FFC: Will very much miss Scott Parker. Top manager. However, @eddiehowe is available so let’s snap him up
@ffc_jacko: The right decision but still one of my favourite people in football + wish him the best of luck* (* if both Slav and Parker get wins against us I’ll kill myself)
@nathancole09: What a mess at Bournemouth, Fulham and West Brom at least Sheffield United have got a manager and Parker tactics and line ups were odd and his use of loftus-cheek was shocking
@JamesChatham: There is a god after all
@J0sh__a: Be careful what u wish for u lot cos we ain’t gonna get anyone decent in and they probably won’t arrive until late July
@FFCJoe: Has seemed likely for a while. Whilst I like Scott a lot as a person and appreciated his efforts last season, we ended up 11 points off our goal. Hopefully this encourages Mitro/StefJo etc to stay. Another victim of Tony Khan, though, not that we’ll learn anything from that…
@FFCYevrah: #RequestABet @SkyBet Tony Khan to ask Arsenal Wenger to be the new Fulham manager and get rejected in the next 2 weeks