It seems like it’s been an eternity since reports first emerged linking Scott Parker to Bournemouth, and since then it’s become the most boring ‘will they, won’t they’ saga since Ross and Rachel in Friends.
Parker wants the job, Bournemouth want Parker, Fulham don’t want to pay him any compensation and Bournemouth aren’t keen to cough up the £2m to get him out of Craven Cottage.
It seems as though there are so many hurdles to go through to get this move done, but irrespective of whether or not Parker ends up moving to the south coast, he can’t be in charge at Fulham next season.
Parker and Fulham’s divorce is already underway. Parker is already flirting with other parties, while the Whites are struggling to agree to the terms of the prenup, but regardless of how it happens, Parker now has to leave Craven Cottage.
It’s one thing to flirt with another club while you’re riding the crest of a wave, but it’s another to attempt to jump from a sinking ship.
Somehow, Parker largely escaped criticism for Fulham’s poor Premier League campaign, but upon reflection, his management wasn’t good enough.
He relegated a team that had chance after chance of escaping the bottom three, playing some of the most drab football you could ever imagine, and if that wasn’t a sackable offence, trying to ditch the club at the first available opportunity certainly should be.
In our view, Bournemouth are more than welcome to Parker, but if they somehow don’t get their man, he shouldn’t have a job waiting for him in west London.