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Scott Parker will open talks with Fulham over a new contract in the next few days after guiding the Whites back to the Premier League.

The former Fulham captain, 39, guided the club back to the top flight at the first time of asking in his first full season of club management. Parker, whose only previous coaching role prior to joining Slavisa Jokanovic’s backroom staff in 2018 was at the Tottenham academy, has a year left on his current deal at Craven Cottage and is understood to be keen to commit his future to the club ahead of the start of the new season in September.

For their part, Fulham are eager to reward Parker’s progression after what has been a challenging and ultimately successful season. The club are open to increasing Parker’s yearly salary from around £3m to £5m – in recognition of his revival of Fulham’s fortunes. The former England skipper has spoken at length about the difficulties of trying to change the club’s culture following the damage inflicted by Claudio Ranieri’s reign and losing eleven of their last 15 matches as they went down with a whimper. Despite being well behind Leeds and West Bromwich Albion at various stages of the season, Parker rallied his troops and Fulham’s push for automatic promotion continued all the way to a dramatic final day of the regular season.

The Fulham boss showed the coaching credentials that have long been spoken about within the game during the play-offs, inspiring a textbook away win at Cardiff City in the semi-final and nullifying Brentford’s lauded attack at Wembley last night to clinch a famous success. Penning a long term deal would allow Parker and Fulham to concentrate on requirement in what promises to be a hectic five weeks before the big kick off as they aim to avoid the mistakes that doomed their previous top flight campaign.