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Fulham caretaker Parker reveals he received ‘inspirational’ message of support from Sir Alex

Scott Parker has revealed he received an ‘inspirational’ message of support from Sir Alex Ferguson after being appointed caretaker manager at Fulham.

The former England midfielder replaced Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked after just 106 days in charge, at Craven Cottage with Fulham facing a difficult task to avoid relegation.

The Cottagers are currently 10 points from safety with just 10 games left to play, however, Parker has said he has received several messages of support since taking charge.

“I don’t have many friends but yesterday my phone was pinging all the time!” said Parker at his pre-match press conference ahead of his sides clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

“Sir Alex found the time to send a long, detailed message, giving me advice on how he sees things, which is truly inspirational.”

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Parker insists his first position in management has come with mixed emotions, with sadness at Ranieri’s dismissal and Fulham’s precarious league position.

“It’s mixed emotions, what with sitting where we are in the league and Claudio losing his job,” said Parker.

“But the flip-side is one of excitement. I appreciate the opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.

“We all know what Claudio is like as a man; truly classy in every sense. He came in and addressed the players, and I thanked him for his time and effort with me.”

“It’s definitely an audition. On a personal note this is something I started working towards seven years ago when I was a Spurs player.

“I’ve got an ambition to be a manager. My main focus at this moment in time is getting the team together, finding some stability.”

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