Scott Parker to leave Fulham in the next 48 hours before joining Bournemouth as head coach | Football news

Scott Parker is expected to step down as Fulham head coach within the next 48 hours, after which he will be named Bournemouth’s new boss.

Parker is still in negotiations with Fulham over the mutual termination of his contract, but those talks are expected to be finalized over the next few days.

The former England international will then take on the role of head coach at Bournemouth, who has told current boss Jonathan Woodgate his contract – which expires on Wednesday – will not be renewed.

Parker has two more years to go on his contract with Fulham. However, he is said to have already set up his backroom squad before taking the post from Bournemouth, while Fulham has started looking for a new head coach.

Jonathan Woodgate to leave Bournemouth at the end of his contract on Wednesday

The 40-year-old – who spent four years as a player at Fulham – was named interim manager in February 2019 and, although he could not save them from relegation from the Premier League, became full-time boss that summer.

Parker then brought Fulham back into the top flight on first request with a final play-off victory over London rivals Brentford.

However, Fulham was relegated to the league last season after a disappointing return to the Premier League that saw them win just five matches.

Fulham’s return to second tier means they will face Parker’s new club Bournemouth at home and away next season.

The Cherries returned to the league last season after five years in the Premier League, but were unable to secure a promotion on first request, falling in the play-off semi-finals to Brentford.

They started the campaign with Jason Tindall in charge after Eddie Howe left, but he was sacked in February and replaced by Woodgate on an acting basis.

The new championship season begins on the weekend of August 7/8. Fulham will host Middlesbrough while Bournemouth will host West Brom, who was also relegated from the Premier League last season.

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