Fulham have announced that they have sacked Claudio Ranieri as the clubs manager after he was unable to turn around the clubs form.
Ranieri only took over at Craven Cottage back in November following the dismissal of Slavisa Jokanovic, who had only managed to pick up five points from the opening 12 games of the season.
However, despite an initial upturn in results, the Italian has failed to solve the clubs chronic defensive problem, with the Cottagers having conceded a league-high 63 goals so far this season.
They are currently 10 points from safety with just 10 games to play, and in a last-ditch attempt to secure Premier League survival, they have had another change of manager, with former midfielder Scott Parker being placed in temporary charge until the end of the season.
In a statement on the official club website, Fulham owner Shahid Khan said that Parker is tasked with helping the club ‘stabilize’.
“Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone. No surprise to me, Claudio was a perfect gentleman, as always. Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as Manager in November, but be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today.
“Claudio walked into a difficult situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its prior eight matches, and he provided an immediate boost by leading our Club to nine points in his first eight matches as Manager. Though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter, I am grateful for his effort. Claudio leaves Fulham as our friend and he will undoubtedly experience success again soon.
“I am asking Scott Parker to serve as our Caretaker Manager. Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilize, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club. If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.
“What’s most important at this moment, however, is to regroup in a smart and deliberate manner that will serve our long-term vision for sustainable success. If we’re able to do that and win some matches to make a stand late in the season, all the better.”