Fulham foot ball club have sacked Claudio Ranieri as the club manager just over three months after appointing him.
The former Leicester City gaffer has been relieved of his duty following a poor run of form which saw the London club win only three games from their last 17 matches under the Italian.
Former England and Fulham midfielder, Scott Parker whose previous position was as a first team coach will take charge of the club on interim basis till the end of the season.
A statement by club chairman, Shahid Khan on the club website confirming the latest development read:
Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone. No surprise to me, Claudio was a perfect gentleman, as always. 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 solely to blame for the position we are in today.
Claudio walked into a difficult 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. 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. Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilize, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club. If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.
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. If we’re able to do that and win some matches to make a stand late in the season, all the better.”
Claudio Ranieri also added:
I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment. Finally, I would like to thank the Club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the Club.”
The former Chelsea manager who lasted just 106 days in charge of Fulham, is now the the seventh manager with the shortest reign at a Premier League club.