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Fulham appoint Scott Parker as permanent manager

Fulham have appointed Scott Parker as the club’s new permanent manager.

The former England international replaced Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis in February, being promoted from his role as first-team coach.

The former Fulham captain was unable to save the club from relegation, though the side’s form did improve towards the end of the season, winning three consecutive league fixtures during April.

The 38-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Craven Cottage, and will attempt to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt next season.

“I’m delighted to be appointed Head Coach of Fulham Football Club and I thank the Chairman for entrusting me with this responsibility, as well as the support and encouragement that both he and Tony Khan have provided me,” Parker told the official Fulham website.

“The players, staff and fans have all been fantastic with me since I took temporary charge. 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.”