It had been coming. Claudio Ranieri has been sacked after a mere 106 days as Fulham manager and first team coach, Scott Parker, has been installed as the interim replacement until the end of the Premier League season.
Ranieri leaves with the club mired in relegation trouble, ten points adrift of safety with ten matches left to play, and they have won only three of his seventeen games in charge. It has been a dire spell for the former Premier League winner and Scott Parker now has an opportunity to stake his claims for a permanent role.
However, it seems likely that the club would want to appoint a more experienced boss in the summer and we look at five contenders…
Surely the most obvious choice. The German has experience of getting the most out of limited resources having guided Huddersfield to the Premier League in one of the unlikeliest promotion stories a few seasons ago. He even kept them in the top-flight last term but they ran out of steam before he was replaced by Jan Siewert earlier this season.
The no-nonsense Scotsman has previous experience as a player and manager in England having worked as an assistant and caretaker at the likes of Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Aston Villa. He endured short spells as a full-time manager with West Bromwich Albion and Reading.
He is currently building an impressive reputation in Scotland thanks to his work with Kilmarnock and he will surely be considered for the Craven Cottage hotseat.
David Moyes is swiftly becoming the new Alan Curbishley as he is continually linked with every vacancy under the sun, although he does actually get jobs in fairness to him. The Scot has been out of work since a short-term deal with West Ham expired at the end of last season and his next opportunity seems most likely to come in the Championship.
Fulham will surely be in the Championship for next season and former Manchester United boss Moyes can point to experience of that division, although his last taste of second tier football came way back in 2002 when he was still at Preston.
‘Whispering Claude’ is as short as 5/1 with some bookmakers for the Fulham job and he is available after being sacked by Leicester City. The Frenchman was shown the door after just sixteen-months at the King Power Stadium. His style might not be to everyone’s tastes but it is pragmatic and generally gets positive results.
There he is! ‘Big Sam’ wouldn’t want to take over a sinking ship to tarnish his reputation for turning around seemingly relegation-doomed clubs and it remains to be seen if the one-time England boss could be tempted by a drop down into the Championship at this stage of his career.