Bournemouth set to enquire about Scott Parker taking over from Eddie Howe if Fulham lose to Brentford in play-off final

Bournemouth set to enquire about Scott Parker taking over from Eddie Howe if Fulham lose to Brentford in play-off final

January 27, 2022

BOURNEMOUTH are set to enquire about Scott Parker – if Fulham fail to beat Brentford in Tuesday night's play-off final.

The relegated Cherries want a successor to Eddie Howe before their players return for pre-season training on August 17.

Parker is understood to be liked by senior figures at the club who know him through Harry Arter.

Midfielder Arter is currently on loan at Craven Cottage from Bournemouth and is also Parker’s brother-in-law.

Parker is also believed to have a good relationship with Cherries technical director Richard Hughes.

The former England star fits the mould of a young manager with a positive style of football, similar to the appointment of Howe all those years ago.

But Bournemouth’s plans will be scuppered if Parker manages to steer his Fulham side to victory over rivals Brentford tonight at Wembley and clinch promotion back to the Premier League.

Poaching the 39-year-old may be tough even if the Bees prevail this evening as he is highly-regarded in West London.

Though there are suggestions Parker will only be able to make loan signings this summer if Fulham do not go up so as not to breach FFP rules and due to the financial impact of Covid-19.

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Meanwhile, current interim Jason Tindall is also believed to be under consideration for the vacant Cherries post – along with John Terry.

The ex-England captain almost joined the club as a player when leaving Chelsea in 2017.

But he opted instead for Aston Villa where he is currency the No2 to boss Dean Smith.

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