Fulham appoint Scott Parker as caretaker manager after sacking Claudio Ranieri

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Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Fulham after less than four months in charge of the Cottagers.

The Italian coach, who guided Leicester City to Premier League glory in 2016, was summoned for talks by club bosses on Thursday and told of his fate in a meeting.

Fulham have replaced Ranieri with Scott Parker, who takes over the relegation-threatened clubs a caretaker basis.

Parker, 38, ended his career at Craven Cottage in 2017 and has since been coaching with the London-based club.

He now faces the unenviable task of helping Fulham avoid relegation to the Championship.

The Cottagers currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, 10 points from safety with 10 matches remaining.

Fulham Football Club Chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement: “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.

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“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.”

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Ranieri added: “I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment. Finally, I would like to thank the Club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the Club.”

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