Burnley confirm the appointment of Scott Parker as their new manager

Scott Parker
Scott Parker, Manager of AFC Bournemouth acknowledges the fans following their draw in the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and AFC Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on December 03, 2021 in London, England. 

Burnley have confirmed the appointment of former Fulham and Bournemouth boss Scott Parker as their new manager on a three-year contract.

The Clarets, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, had been looking for a replacement for Vincent Kompany ever since he was prized away by Bayern Munich in May.

And now, after a prolonged process that has seen them linked with the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Frank Lampard and Liam Rosenior, they finally have the person they are backing to take them forward.

Parker, 43, has been out of work since being sacked by Club Brugge in March 2023 after an ill-fated two-and-a-half month spell in Belgium.

However, he has had previous success in the Championship, leading both Fulham and Bournemouth to promotion in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Parker took the Cottagers up through the play-offs, where they beat rivals Brentford in the final, while he guided the Cherries to automatic promotion, although he left the club in acrimony just four games into the following season.

In total, the former England midfielder has won 67 of his 172 games as a manager, and Burnley will hope he is the right option to lead them straight back to the Premier League.

The future had looked bright for the club following promotion under Kompany a little over a year ago, but they struggled to adapt to the Premier League and went back down straight away.

They were relegated by eight points, winning just five of their 38 matches in the top flight.

Nonetheless, Kompany was approached by Bayern and opted to make the move to Germany, leaving the Clarets in search of a new leader.

Nearly two months on, they have finally settled on an appointment and Parker has already set his sights on immediate success with the club.

'I'm really pleased to be here,' he said on the back of his appointment. 'I have been speaking with Burnley for some time now which has been a positive thing as I've now got a real feel for the people around the club.

'To be around the training ground now you start to get that feeling again and I can't wait to get on the training field and start work.

'For us to be successful this year is the most important thing. We have to win and build a team the fans and club can be proud of. This team can represent every single one of them in that aspect and that's the aim.' 

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