Speaking on his YouTube channel, Rio Ferdinand has hailed Scott Parker for turning things around at Fulham after the Whites’ poor start to the season.
The London outfit failed to win any of their first four games in rather embarrassing fashion, and any onlooker would have been excused for thinking it was just a matter of time before Parker was axed by the Cottagers.
However, a recent upturn in form has seen Fulham pick up for points from their past three games, picking up results against the likes of Leicester City and Liverpool in impressive fashion.
Ferdinand believes that Parker is turning things around and changing perceptions about his managerial ability.
“They started this season and I think everybody would have had Scott Parker as one of the first picks in terms of managers getting relieved of their duties. He’s turning it around slowly,” Ferdinand said.
“Listen, to draw against Liverpool, all of the other teams we’ve seen have found it hard. Hats off and big credit to Scott Parker, and I hope he continues it. Great lad, someone who’s diligent and professional and very honest and open with the way he approaches things after the games.”
Ferdinand is spot on. Parker is changing perceptions.
Jamie Carragher’s comments show exactly what Ferdinand is talking about, earlier this season he said that he’s never been more confident about anything than Fulham getting relegated, and while relegation is still a possibility for the Whites, he was full of praise for how Parker’s side played on Sunday.
The Craven Cottage outfit’s change in fortunes are largely down to Parker’s influence as well. This new five-at-the-back system we’ve seen which utilised Bobby Decordova-Reid as a right-wing-back would have sounded preposterous a few weeks ago, but now it looks like the only way forward for Fulham, and that’s a real stroke of genius from Parker.
Parker may have been everyone’s first pick to be sacked earlier this season, but now it looks as though his job is as secure as ever, with the Whites finally moving in the right direction.