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Goodbye Claudio, Hello Parker?

With Fulham announcing Claudio Ranieri’s sacking after just 106 days in charge, former midfielder Scott Parker has been placed in charge at Craven Cottage on an interim basis.

Parker has never been manager of a club before, so this could be his chance to prove himself in England’s elite division, with some saying that he could “do a Solskjaer” and turn the club’s current state right around.

However there is little evidence for this argument other than what the Norwegian has done, and all we can do is wait and see what the 38-year-old has to offer without putting too much pressure on the former England international.

Scott Parker

Claude Puel

Claude Puel is a Premier League proven manager and despite his recent sacking from Leicester City, he picked up some mightily impressive results during his time there.

He has demonstrated that he can pick up points against the top clubs in the league, which could come in very beneficial for Fulham if they decide to make him boss as they are scheduled to take on three of the top six in their remaining outings.

The risk with Puel is that he appeared to lose the dressing room at Leicester, with one of the issues including his decision to drop Jamie Vardy on some occasions.

If Puel does take over at the club, he will likely have the positive effect we often see with managers who can take results from big clubs and get the players up to fight for their Premier League safety.

Claude Puel

David Wagner

Wagner is a top coach, there is no denying that, as he took Huddersfield Town to the Premier League with little funding and kept them up last season, despite all odds going against them.

He has experience in Germany having coached Borussia Dortmund II and is an expert at getting his style of play across to his players, even if they have less ability than their counterparts.

He will understandably be hurting after making his exit from Huddersfield during this campaign as he felt he could offer no more, but his quality deserves to be seen at the highest level and there is no question that he will return to management soon.

Should Huddersfield make him the man to try and rescue their season, it is not unlikely that he will need to be given time, something that the club are not in a position to offer, as his style of play requires much attention to detail and for the players to understand his tactical nouse.

David Wagner Huddersfield

Sam Allardyce

The 64-year-old is the master of saving sides from relegation in the Premier League, although his teams are renowned for playing an ugly style of football which has seen him receive criticism.

In his time as a coach, he has led the likes of Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Ham United to continuous safety in the top division, in spite of those teams lacking quality players.

Fulham have some very good attacking performers and the supporters will want to see those individuals flourish, however there may not be time for that at this point and if they wish to remain in the league, Allardyce is more or less a sure bet to keep them up based on his previous endeavours.

Sam Allardyce

Chris Coleman

Coleman is famed for taking Wales to the brink of Euro 2016 success, leading the nation to the semi-finals of the tournament where they were eliminated by Portugal.

That side did not have the abundance of quality that the other teams possessed, other than Gareth Bale, and that demonstrates the 48-year-old’s ability to take a team with less talent than their opponents to the top.

He is currently managing in China after an unsuccessful spell at club level with Sunderland, but he will no doubt be eager to prove himself in England again after his time with the Black Cats after the club were relegated.

He is the successor to Manuel Pellegrini at Hebei China Fortune, and if he does follow in the footsteps of his predecessor to make a comeback in Britain there is an opportunity for him to have his name spoken of in a positive light again at Fulham.

Chris Coleman