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Wilder holds Fulham talks

Chris Wilder is in talks with Fulham about succeeding Scott Parker at Craven Cottage, according to various reports this afternoon.

Parker left his job as Fulham boss earlier this week to take over from Jonathan Woodgate at Bournemouth having failed to keep the Whites in the top flight. The former Fulham midfielder saw his contract mutually terminated after a dramatic deterioration in his relationship with the club’s ownership.

Steve Cooper was thought to be Fulham’s first choice to take on the role, but press reports have suggested that the Londoners are not enamoured with the prospect of buying £3m to take the former England youth boss and his backroom staff from Swansea, who has guided to successive Championship play-offs. Wilder has emerged as a potential alternative with the 53 year-old holding initial discussions with leading Fulham figures last night.

Wilder has been out of management since leaving Sheffield United earlier this year with the Blades on the brink of relegation from the top flight. His achievements in lifting his boyhood club from League One to the Premier League in the space of three years were remarkable and, with Fulham placing a premium on Championship experience, the former Oxford and Northampton boss could be a compelling candidate.

It remains to be seen how Wilder, who lost his battle at Bramall Lane for full control of Sheffield United’s recruitment, would adapt to Fulham’s data driven transfer policy, currently overseen by director of football operations Tony Khan.