Scott Parker: Fulham appoint ex-captain as permanent manager

Fulham caretaker manager Scott Parker

Parker handed Fulham job on permanent basis

Newcastle United will play their final game of the season against already relegated Fulham, and will hope to finish the season on a high.

Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez put the visitors two goals ahead after little more than 10 minutes, before Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon rounded off a fine 4-0 victory after half time.

"It was a great game".

'Those early goals took it right out of us, but I'm not sure the goals reflect the game, ' Parker said.

"We had the experience on the counter attack". It wasn't awesome [the match], I think we can do better as they were pushing and doing well.

As quoted by The Chronicle, he said: "Everyone can see we have a group of players who care".

He was capped 18 times by England and played almost 600 professional games, mainly in the Premier League for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before ending his career at Fulham in June 2017.

"Finishing 13th is important for everyone".

The season's over but Squeaky Bum Time™ is just getting started for Newcastle fans. I am really proud.

The Spaniard, however, hinted that his willingness to extend his three-season reign will hinge on Ashley's vision for Newcastle.

Parker took the reins after Claudio Ranieri was sacked at the end of February and, despite overseeing the Cottagers' relegations from the Premier League, he has been entrusted to take charge of the club full time.

Benitez added to Match of the Day after the final whistle: "I am really pleased".

"We have one more point than last season but couldn't finish 10th so it proves this season has been more hard than last season".

Mike Ashley "ready to splash the cash" is not a phrase that is often uttered outside the context of a Wetherspoons.

'I can see the potential of this massive club and hopefully we can do things in the way that would be very good for everyone to move forward together. We will meet hopefully this week and see where we are.

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