Fulham appoint Marco Silva as manager after Scott Parker joins Bournemouth

Fulham have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager following the departure of Scott Parker to Bournemouth.

The Portuguese coach has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Craven Cottage and turned down an offer from Fenerbahce to take over the Championship club.

Silva has been out of work since leaving Everton in 2019.

He will be joined in the dugout by his new assistant, Fulham legend Luis Boa Morte.

Silva said: “I’m really pleased and proud to be appointed Head Coach of such a historic football club. I want to thank the owner, Mr Khan, Tony Khan and the entire football structure of Fulham Football Club, for the trust shown in us.

“I’m excited to get started and my message for our fans ahead of this big challenge is we will all be working very hard together to be successful so they can feel proud at the end of the season.”

Parker oversaw Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2020.

The former Fulham midfielder masterminded a 2-1 win in extra time over Brentford in the play-off final at Wembley to return the Whites to the top-flight after one season in the Championship.

But Fulham struggled back in the Premier League and were relegated in their first season on 28 points, having won only five games all campaign.

Parker kept his job despite the relegation but agreed to mutually terminate his contract this summer before agreeing on terms with Bournemouth.

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said: “Through promotion and relegation alike, Scott has always enjoyed my support as our head coach. Scott’s departure does nothing to shake my confidence, however.

“We will hire a new head coach who is capable of achieving our goal of promotion and will be committed to Fulham and its supporters. And we will field a squad that will respond, compete and win. Onward.”

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