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Newly appointed Fulham manager Scott Parker was born in Lambeth, London in 1980. At 38 years old, Parker is one of the youngest managers in the English Football League pyramid. A gifted player, Parker played for seven clubs in a career spanning two decades. As well as almost 500 appearances at club level, Parker was capped 20 times for England from 2003-2013, he arguably would have played more for the national side in this period had it not been for the incredibly talented group of players that the Three Lions were fortunate enough to have at their disposal (Lampard, Scholes, Gerrard, Carrick et al).

A deep-lying or central midfielder for the majority of his career, Parker began his playing career at Charlton Athletic who then resided in the First Division, later re-branded as 'the Championship. Parker would play 128 times for Charlton in a spell in which they enjoyed tremendous success - they gained promotion to the Premier League in this time.

His abilities were quickly spotted and in January 2004, newly minted Chelsea added Parker to their list of terrific midfield options. Despite competing for places with the likes of Claude Makelele, Juan Sebastian Veron and Frank Lampard, Parker made enough of an impact to be named as young player of the season in the 03/04 season. His second season with Mourinho's Chelsea was considerably more frustrating; Parker struggled with injury setbacks throughout and lost his place in the Chelsea line-up.

His career was revitalised when he moved to the North East to play for Newcastle United who, at the time, were competing for Champions League places. In his two seasons, in the second of which Parker would lead the Magpies out as captain, he would make 55 league appearances and score four goals during the same time period. Again he struggled with injuries, although admittedly to a lesser extent

Newcastle United would prove to be Parker's last club that wasn't based in the capital. The first of his next three London clubs was West Ham United where he would spend four seasons. He was a loyal servant for the Hammers. His industrious performances, intelligence and passing ability led to him becoming a fans favourite at Upton Park. Parker was named West Ham's player of the year twice in succession, in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons. Parker, who at this point in his career was beginning to become a regular member of the national team setup having travelled to the South Africa World Cup in 2010, was the subject of prolonged transfer speculation from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite the speculation, however, Parker would remain loyal to West Ham for a while. The London clubs performances would decline gradually throughout the rest of his time there, Parker's performances, though, were well maintained. West Ham's decline eventually culminated in their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2010/2011 season.

Parker would turn out four times for West Ham in the Championship but it was generally considered that he was a far superior player than the standard within the division. Tottenham Hotspur, the club with whom Parker had been linked for years, secure his service shortly after the start of the season. Parker enjoyed two successful campaigns at Spurs. In the first of these, Spurs finished 4th and consequently would play Champions League the following season - this was an incredibly impressive feat at the time as breaking the 'big 4' mould (Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea) was notoriously difficult. This was Parker's first taste of Champions League action.

After his second and last season with Spurs, Parker would make the short trip across London to join Fulham, the club where he would see out his playing days. Parker would make nearly 120 appearances for Fulham, scoring 6 goals, and was considered something of a coup for the relegation-threatened side. Parker's Strong performances throughout the 2013/14 season were not enough to save them however and Fulham were confined to the Championship in his first season with them. Parker would play three more seasons with Fulham before hanging up his boots. They struggled to get out of the division however and Parker retired as a Championship player having spent most of his time in the Premier League.

Parker briefly returned to Spurs to begin his coaching career: he took charge of the under 18s at White Hart Lane before going back to Fulham in a more senior position, as first-team coach.

When manager Claudio Ranieri was dismissed, Parker was placed in charge. Ultimately, he was unable to save them from relegation but he has kept the job and will lead Fulham in the Championship this season.


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