Cottagers old boy Johnson praises club’s Parker job decision

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Former Fulham striker Andrew Johnson claims it is 'refreshing to see' the club appoint Scott Parker and not bring in a foreign coach.

Former Fulham striker Andrew Johnson claims it is ‘refreshing to see’ the club appoint Scott Parker and not bring in a foreign coach.

The 38-year-old, who scored 27 goals in 112 appearances for the Londoners in a four-year spell at Craven Cottage between 2008-12, has been keeping a close eye on the club over the past season.

And, after both Slavisa Jokanovic and his replacement Claudio Ranieri fell by the wayside, Fulham opted to put former midfielder, Parker, into the manager’s job on an interim basis until the end of the season.

The former England international managed to pick up three wins from his final seven games at the helm but it was not enough to keep the side in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Parker was given the job on a permanent basis and Johnson feels it is a good move by his old club.

He told football.

london: ‘I think Scott is a fantastic guy.

I don’t know him too much, but I have come across him enough in football to know that he is very passionate, and I have spoken to a few people around Fulham, and they say he is the right man for the job and will give them some structure.

‘He is a young English manager, which is nice to see as well, not dipping into the foreign market, but sticking with one of their own.

They are a fantastic club.

They are a bit like Crystal Palace, they don’t have a flashy stadium but they have got a really good feel to the club.

‘They bring young players through and they give young players a chance and it is refreshing to see.’

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