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Fulham's Scott Parker is reportedly a surprise candidate to become next Sheffield United manager

Scott Parker has emerged as a surprise contender to become the next Sheffield United manager.

According to The Sun on Sunday (18/4/21, page 67), the Blades would consider Parker if he leaves Fulham this summer.

Unlike United – whose relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday – the Cottagers are still fighting to stay up.

They travel to Arsenal this afternoon seven points from safety. The West London side have also played one game more than the two teams directly above them in the table.

It’s unclear whether Parker would leave Craven Cottage if Fulham went down.

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The 40-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to management since being named caretaker boss of the Cottagers in March 2019.

While the club were relegated that term, Parker led them to promotion at the first time of asking after winning the Championship playoffs.

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It remains early in his managerial career, but Parker has already proven he can succeed in the second tier of English football.

The former midfielder has also earned many admirers with his attractive style of play.

Yet Parker has also shown his ability to coach new tactics, shoring up a leaky defence midway through this campaign.

However, critics of the ex-England international say that he has underachieved considering the resources at his disposal.

Fulham finished fourth in the Championship last season despite many suggesting they had the best squad in the division.

They have also been presented with several opportunities to get themselves out of the bottom three in 2020/21, but have never seized them.

Alexander Blessin is apparently the number one choice to succeed Chris Wilder, while Slavisa Jokanovic remains another option.

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