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Fulham could replace manager with a standby

Fulham could replace their manager, Scott Parker, with a standby planned should the Cottagers miss out on promotion, according to reports.

The club current sit 4th in the Championship table, and look on course to get themselves a playoff place and are five points behind West Brom, who sit second.

They have won their last four league games but an inconsistent run prior to then means they have dented their chances of reaching the automatic promotion.

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Reliable journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that Chris Hughton is waiting to see an offer and what comes up at Birmingham and Bristol City.

Birmingham are said to be keen in Charlton’s Lee Bowyer, who remains favourite for the job at 4/5 as stated on Sky Bet’s website.

The Blues have recently had an approach for Steven Gerrard turned down by Rangers. The former Liverpool and England player is also linked with the vacancy at the Robins, whose chairman, Steve Lansdown, has not only earmarked him but also made him a their top target.

The former Premier League boss has already expressed an interest in taking over from Lee Johnson at Ashton Gate, according to Sky Sports.

But he is also looking at what the situation will be with Fulham boss Scott Parker at the end of the season, who could win immediate promotion back to the top flight.

The Cottagers are the only club he has managed in his career, which so far boasts a 46.43 win percentage in his first season.

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He’s won 26 of 56 games he’s managed so far since being placed as caretaker in February, before being appointed permanently in May.

Parker was unable to prevent his side from being relegated from the Premier League in 2019, winning three and lost six of his nine games in charge before going down.

His overall record including sits at 56 games managed, 26 wins, 10 draws and 20 defeats.

For the whole 2019/20 season, the club have been behind the top two, which at various points this season, caused unrest with fans who have called for him to be sacked.

It’s not to say that the rookie boss has also won plenty of praise for his handling of the club since being relegated from the Premier League.

Though in order to get them back there, they could just be about to look at appointing a ‘more experienced’ manager to Craven Cottage instead of giving Parker another chance should they slip up.

Hughton has been out of work for 14 months after getting sacked by Brighton & Hove Albion despite just about managing to keep them up last season.

His contract terminated by the Seagulls – the team he came Championship runners up with in 2017 despite avoiding the drop from the Premier League.

However he won just three of their last 23 league games and none of their final nine.

He seemed adamant that he was good enough to manage a club in the Premier League again, however, now a change of heart sees Hughton wanting to take up the challenge in taking a team back up to where he feels he belongs.

He also said: “I do want to get back in at the highest level that I can but I’m using my time out well and very much making the most of it.

“I’m in the fortunate position, I’m not a first time manager or second time manager that is worried about where the next job is coming from and it’s a very precarious profession that we’re in.

“So, I’m all through all of that. I supposed I would be seen as a more experienced manager now, so I think that takes a little bit of pressure off.”

Hughton has also managed Norwich City, Birmingham City and Newcastle United (won the Championship with in 2010).

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