Scott Parker: Fulham head coach signs new deal until 2023

Parker: "Signing a new deal provides stability and an opportunity to keep on developing the team"

Scott Parker, Manager of Fulham is seen prior the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Fulham at DW Stadium on July 22, 2020 in Wigan, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.
Image: Scott Parker led Fulham to Premier League promotion last season

Scott Parker has signed a new contract as Fulham head coach, keeping him at Craven Cottage until 2023.

Parker led Fulham to Premier League promotion last season as the west London club defeated Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.

Parker took temporary charge at Fulham in February 2019 following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, and despite being unable to save them from top-flight relegation, he led them straight back to promotion in his first full season.

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"I'm delighted to have signed a new deal which shows mutual faith and commitment, on both my side and the Club's," Parker told Fulham's website.

"I'm pleased with the hard work we have all carried out behind the scenes which resulted in achieving our objective of promotion to the Premier League last month. This has been a huge effort involving many people, and has continued in our preparations for the new season.

"Signing a new deal provides stability and an opportunity to keep on developing the team. There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us, and we'll always be striving to improve and progress every day."

Fulham owner Shahid Khan added: "We believed in Scott Parker when we signed him as a player in 2013, and we believed in him as our Caretaker Manager at the end of our most recent season in the Premier League.

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"Our belief and confidence in Scott is stronger than ever today and is evident in this new three-year contract, which is fully deserved, and I'm thoroughly honoured to offer as we return next week to top-flight football."

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Fulham host Arsenal on Saturday, September 12 for their opening fixture of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The Sky Bet Championship play-off winners entertain the Gunners at Craven Cottage on the opening weekend before travelling to Elland Road for an early reunion with fellow newly-promoted side Leeds United, on September 19.

Fulham have been handed the chance to re-establish themselves in the Premier League with no fixtures against last season's top four until December 5, when they travel to Manchester City before hosting champions Liverpool on December 12.

Fulham host west-London rivals Chelsea on January 16 while the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge on May 1 marks the start of their end-of-season run-in that ends with a home match against Newcastle of the final day on May 23.

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