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Fulham draw up three-manager shortlist as Scott Parker nears exit

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Scott Parker has fallen out with the Fulham hierarchy
Scott Parker has fallen out with the Fulham hierarchy / Marc Atkins/Getty Images
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Exclusive - Fulham will part ways with Scott Parker this week following a rift between the manager and the club's hierarchy, with former assistant coach Javier Pereira among the candidates to replace him.

Parker failed to keep the Cottagers in the Premier League last season with his side eventually finishing 11 points from safety. Since their relegation was confirmed the Fulham boss' relationship with the board has deteriorated, with his departure set to be announced in the coming days.

In a strange turn of events Parker is expected to take over at Fulham's soon-to-be Championship promotion rivals Bournemouth, who will not extend Jonathan Woodgate's time in the dugout on the south coast after he failed to guide the Cherries back to the Premier League having taken over in February.

There are already plans in place for Parker's succession. 90min understands that Fulham have compiled a shortlist of potential replacements, with Swansea City boss Steve Cooper and Barnsley's Valerien Ismael both being considered.

Each manager guided their unfancied teams into the playoffs last season and could be tempted by the Cottagers' superior budget. However, both have also been linked with the Crystal Palace job, which remains vacant after negotiations with Nuno Espirito Santo collapsed.

Scott Parker
Dry your eyes mate... / Alex Broadway/Getty Images

Another name on the shortlist is Pereira. The Spaniard was previously at Craven Cottage between 2015 and 2018 as Slavisa Jokanovic's assistant. During their time together the pair guided Fulham to successive top six finishes, securing promotion to the Premier League in 2018.

After Jokanovic was sacked in 2018 Pereira left as well, but he returned as assistant director of football operations - a de-facto sporting director - in January 2020. Later that year he departed again to take over Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye.

His work there has impressed Fulham and he could now be in line for a sensational return as manager. West Brom - who are also on the lookout for a new head coach following the departure of Sam Allardyce - are admirers too.

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