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Javier Pereira has become Fulham’s new assistant director of football operations in a surprise return to the club.

Pereira was a popular assistant manager to Slavisa Jokanovic between 2016 and 2018 as the Whites clinched promotion back to the top flight. Following the Serbian’s dismissal, Parker became number two to Jordi Cruyff at Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan, keeping the club in the top flight.

Pereira’s return to Craven Cottage sees him fill a vacancy before the club’s vice chairman and head of football operations Tony Khan with a brief to oversee Fulham’s footballing philosophy. Khan told Fulham’s official website:

“I am truly delighted to welcome Javier back to Fulham! I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to join my staff, and I’m looking forward to working with him and striving to build a sustainable winning programme. I know Javier well from his time at the club, and we remained in contact after he left. We share the same vision for Fulham and the same philosophy of football, and we’ll work together to apply that shared vision to deliver success. I have the utmost respect in Javier’s abilities, he’s a true football man, understands our club, and is up for the challenge.

“We have a fantastic group of players and the commitment of our staff, day in and day out, is unrivalled in sport. Our head coach, Scott Parker, is dedicated to the success of the team, the squad and staff are fully behind him, and I know that with strong support we can make sure he has the resources to achieve what we all want, football being played at the Cottage back in the Premier League.”