Fulham manager Scott Parker has admitted that he has no control over his future at Craven Cottage after a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace made it six games without a win in the Premier League.
The Cottagers were comfortably second best against Palace as goals from Jaïro Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha condemned them to a third home defeat of the season.
Matters were made worse towards the end of the match as Aboubakar Kamara was sent off for a high challenge on Ebere Eze, and a stunning late goal for Tom Cairney was the only consolation for Parker.
There is no suggestion that Parker, who last season steered Fulham to promotion from the Championship after a dramatic play-off win over Brentford, is running out of time to save his job.
But with Fulham bottom of the table, having taken just one point all season, Parker is aware that his future may be called to question – but he was (via Sky Sports) quick to point out that he can’t control his future, and can focus on working hard to win matches.
“I can’t control that,” Parked said, when the Englishman when quizzed about his job security. “What I can do is what I have normally done throughout my career and life, during these hard times, it is the time to front up and keep working as hard as I can to get the rewards that I deserve. It is out of my hands but I will keep working hard.
“We are a young team, still trying to gel but there were some big positives today and this is when the chips are down you have to face up and keep working hard and I am sure we will come out of the other side.
“I felt we need to learn from exactly how this game panned out. We had a dominance but at times in the final third lacked a real intensity about us.”
The Cottagers’ have a huge opportunity to pick up points in their next Premier League outing when they host Slaven Bilic’s West Brom – who were also promoted from the Championship last season.