Just hours after the entire nation was basking in the joy of football coming home, Fulham announced a homecoming of their own on Wednesday.
We're delighted to announce the appointment of our former skipper Scott Parker as First Team Coach ?
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 4, 2018
Former captain Scott Parker rejoined the Whites as First Team Coach, adding much-needed Premier League experience to the club in the form of a true legend.
Parker signed for Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, joining the club as soon as their fortunes were about to take a turn for the worse.
The England international developed an impressive partnership with Steve Sidwell in the centre of midfield in 2013/14, but was powerless to stop Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League after conceding 85 goals and cycling through three managers.
And, in that dark season, Parker still managed to provide a moment of magic, striking a late Boxing Day winner away at Carrow Road to give the Whites a memorable victory.
Moments such as those would be a feature of Parker’s time at Craven Cottage: joyful performances that made some of the worst years in recent Fulham history a little less painful.
After Fulham’s relegation, almost all of the club’s Premier League-calibre players jumped ship immediately, but Scotty stayed. In the darkest days of Felix Magath’s mad reign, Parker stood firm and captained the side.
When he experienced successive relegation battles with Kit Symons and then Slavisa Jokanovic, he put his head down and produced superb performances to keep us up (see Derby in February 2015 and Cardiff in April 2016).
In his final season of playing he assumed the role of mentor perfectly, passing on words of wisdom to prodigy Ryan Sessegnon, as he mentioned in a 2016 interview with The Boot Room.
Parker left to manage Tottenham’s U-18 side after his retirement, but returns to Craven Cottage as a member of Slavisa Jokanovic’s backroom staff and as a club legend.
In addition, he possesses valuable Premier League experience from his illustrious career— something that is in short supply in the current Fulham set-up.
Tom Cairney is the only player in Fulham’s current team that has any Premier League experience, and manager Slavisa Jokanovic has never coached in the English top flight.
Scott Parker’s acquisition as First Team Coach is a great piece of business for Fulham, as he offers top-flight knowledge along with club legend status.