Fulham are thinking of bringing an experienced manager to work alongside Scott Parker next season – and Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke is top of the list.
Parker has been in charge as caretaker since Claudio Ranieri’s sacking six weeks ago, and it has not been ruled out giving the former England midfielder the job full time this summer, with the club already relegated and facing Championship football next season.
But former Chelsea defender and assistant manager Clarke has impressed this season at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership and has guided them to third place behind Celtic and Rangers.
The Scot, highly rated as a coach, has also had spells in charge at West Brom, Reading and Aston Villa.
Clarke’s name has been discussed at boardroom level as Fulham plot what to do next season, with his experience in the top-flight and Championship regarded as potentially vital if Fulham are to bounce straight back.
Despite an upturn in performances, the popular Parker has lost every game since he took over as caretaker boss, and Fulham go into Saturday’s match against Everton at Craven Cottage having lost nine in a row.
But Fulham want Parker to stay at the club if possible, and possibly learn while working alongside a more experienced manager, with Kilmarnock boss Clarke at the moment the leading candidate – though the Scot would be the man in charge.