Scott Parker has told his first press conference as Bournemouth manager that he feels he ‘left Fulham in a good place’.
The 40 year-old left Craven Cottage last Monday following Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League and he was announced as Jonathan Woodgate’s successor at Dean Court less than four hours later. The former Fulham midfielder’s protracted departure was reportedly down to his desire to receive compensation from the London club and a falling out with the ownership.
Parker said: “I had a fantastic time at Fulham, I’m very very proud to lead the club, I have nothing but admiration. What I can say is every single day I went into that football club as a player or as a coach, I literally gave every bit of me to the club to try and be successful.
“I’d like to think I did that really. I know I leave the football club in a good place. I understand that people may point the finger and say ‘you got relegated last year’ but like I keep saying, there’s something bigger and there’s something deeper than just winning a league or a relegation really.
When you’re at a football club, the heart and soul of it is bigger than a win or a loss, so I’d like to think I leave the football club in a good place. I couldn’t tell you what reception I would get, but what I do know is that I’m immensely proud of being manager there and what I did there.”