When Scott Parker was appointed Fulham caretaker manager in late February, the job appeared a lost cause.
Parker has lost his opening four matches in charge, but in reality, his true audition for the permanent job starts now with a string of winnable matches.
In the initial days of his tenure, Parker was lauded for changing the atmosphere at Craven Cottage and instilling a sense of optimism and pride at Fulham.
His first match was an encouraging 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, followed by a 3-1 loss to Leicester City, a narrow 2-1 loss to Liverpool, and Saturday’s limp 2-0 loss against Manchester City.
Although the first four matches resulted in zero points, no one truly believed Fulham would get points against the best teams in the league.
But now, Fulham face a kind run-in with fixtures against Watford, Everton, Bournemouth, Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Newcastle United.
The final six matches offer superb opportunities to pick up victories and to show off Parker’s revolution at the club. Decent performances and tight matches against the big clubs are all well and good, but Fulham truly have a chance to turn the corner with results against the division’s lesser teams.
With a positive end to the season, Scott Parker could make a solid claim for the permanent Fulham job come the summer.