Claudio Ranieri sacked as Fulham manager. Scott Parker installed as caretaker

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Claudio Ranieri is set to be sacked by Fulham, with the club's directors and supporters having lost confidence in him.

His replacement Claudio Ranieri is also facing the sack now after failing to make an impact on their battle for survival taking just 12 points from 16 games to leave Fulham second from bottom.

Ranieri has only secured three wins since returning to the Premier League and has failed to bring the magic that saw him win the title with Leicester City.

"No surprise to me, Claudio was a flawless gentleman, as always", Khan said. "Are you watching Tony Khan?"

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Parker's first match in charge will be a home clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

The football club chairman, Shahid Khan, however, named Scott Parker as Caretaker Manager, replacing Claudio Ranieri.

'Claudio's tenure at Fulham didn't produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as Manager in November, but be assured he is not exclusively to blame for the position we are in today.

"Claudio walked into a hard situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its prior eight matches, and he provided an immediate boost by leading our club to nine points in his first eight matches as manager".

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'Though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter, I am grateful for his effort. Claudio leaves Fulham as our friend and he will undoubtedly experience success again soon.

"I am asking Scott Parker to serve as our Caretaker Manager". If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead. The Italian lives close to Craven Cottage and had closely watched Fulham's start to the Premier League campaign, reassuring Khan that the club had players of sufficient quality...

"What's most important at this moment, however, is to regroup in a smart and deliberate manner that will serve our long-term vision for sustainable success", Khan said.

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