Scott Parker’s future at Fulham could be decided “in the next few days” amid ties with Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth.
Guardian Reports claimed the Cherries are looking to appoint Parker as their new head coach with Jonathan Woodgate’s contract at Vitality Stadium set to expire at the end of the month.
They add that Bournemouth is waiting for Parker to leave his post at Fulham with speculation suggesting that his days at Craven Cottage are drawing to a close.
Alan Nixon of the Sun suggested the focus was on the South Coast club to strike a deal with Fulham for their manager, but according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth there are several options to resolve the situation.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Sheth said: “It is believed that all parties are working on a mutual termination of Scott Parker’s contract.
“Bournemouth are very keen to speak to Scott Parker and want him to succeed Jonathan Woodgate when his contract expires on June 30th.e.
“Parker has a contract until 2023. The problem here is having compensation or severance pay.
“If Scott Parker were to resign, no severance pay would be owed to him. If Fulham were to fire Scott Parker, they would owe him the rest of his contract.
“If Scott Parker stays at Fulham and Bournemouth decides to appoint him, it will be Bournemouth who will have to pay Fulham compensation for him.
“The idea of a mutual termination between Scott Parker and Fulham almost tries to avoid the big payout, but by avoiding this big payout it looks like Bournemouth would be the one to benefit in the long run as would Fulham and Parker making the mutual termination, Parker would then be free to speak to another club, that club to be Bournemouth. “
Sheth added: “As it stands, talks are continuing. We expect some sort of resolution in the next few days – hopefully sooner rather than later for all parties as Fulham would like to start looking for a new manager themselves.
It all seems very complicated between Fulham and Scott Parker, but I’d be surprised if it couldn’t be resolved.
Parker is clearly nearing the end of his days at Craven Cottage and with Bournemouth clearly eager to bring him in, that means this is a situation that could be sorted out pretty well.
The Cherries will be delighted to bring in a boss with Parker’s profile, while Fulham will also be happy with a lot of noise at the end of last season suggesting he might be about to come out anyway.
It won’t be long before that is sorted out, in my opinion, and then both teams can start planning for the season ahead.