Scott Parker will miss Fulham's clash against Saints while he isolates

Fulham boss Scott Parker will NOT be in the dugout for Southampton clash on Boxing Day after a member of his household tested positive for Covid-19… but will return for Tottenham fixture if he returns negative test

  • Scott Parker will be forced to miss Fulham’s next game against Southampton  
  • A member of his household tested positive for Covid, meaning he must isolate 
  • Assistant manager Stuart Gray and coach Matt Wells will take temporary charge
  • He could return for trip to Tottenham on December 30 should he test negative

Fulham boss Scott Parker will be absent for his side’s Boxing Day clash at home to Southampton after a member of his household tested positive for COVID-19.

The former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder has endured a tough season so far as he bids to steer the Cottagers away from relegation danger, but the team have been dealt a blow after news he has been forced to isolate.

Assistant manager Stuart Gray and coach Matt Wells will manage the team in Parker’s place for the visit of high-flying Southampton at St Mary’s, the club have confirmed.

Scott Parker will miss Fulham’s Boxing Day clash with Southampton after a household member tested positive for coronavirus 

Assistant boss Stuart Gray (L) and coach Matt Wells (R) will replace Parker for the game

While Parker has returned a negative result, he will still have to sit the game out in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. 

He will hope to return for the Whites in their next game – a trip to London rivals Tottenham on December 30, so long as he does not test positive for coronavirus before that fixture. 

A statement read: ‘The Club can confirm that Scott Parker will not be in the dugout for our home fixture against Southampton on Boxing Day.

The struggling Whites will have to cope without the guidance of Parker in their relegation fight 

‘Following a member of his household testing positive for Covid-19, and despite returning a negative result, Scott has been self-isolating this week in accordance with the guidance.

‘Matt Wells and Stuart Gray will take charge of the team on Saturday.

‘Subject to returning a further negative result, Scott Parker will return to the dugout for our away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 December.’

After guiding the team to promotion in his first full season at Craven Cottage, Parker has been brought back down to reality in the top flight, with his side stuck in the relegation zone following a difficult campaign. 

It has been a challenging first season back in the top flight with the Cottagers in 18th place

His side have just 10 points from 13 games and have lost eight times already – looking like one of the early favourites for the drop after failing to win any of their first league games in the Premier League.

Parker’s men have struggled to hit the back of the net and had to deal with the embarrassment of fluffing two penalties back to back, which cost them valuable points against West Ham and Everton.

Recent results have been encouraging however, with a morale boosting 2-1 win at Leicester City before holding champions Liverpool to a 1-1 draw. 

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