Fulham have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri after Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at Southampton that moved the club closer to relegation from the Premier League.
Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unforgettable title triumph in 2015-16, only managed three wins in 17 games in charge of Fulham.
The club’s poor run of form in his tenure also included a 2-1 defeat to League Two Oldham in the third round of the FA Cup and the Southampton loss was the Cottagers’ fourth consecutive top-flight reverse.
The result left Fulham 10 points from safety with as many matches remaining this season and travelling supporters aimed chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” in Ranieri’s direction at St Mary’s last night.
Former England midfielder Scott Parker will take over on an interim basis until the end of the campaign.
Fulham Football Club Chairman Shahid Khan today named Scott Parker as Caretaker Manager, replacing Claudio Ranieri.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) February 28, 2019
The popular Italian said: “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.”
Slavisa Jokanovic led Fulham to promotion from the Championships via the play-offs last season, and despite overseeing an ambitious close-season recruitment drive, he only managed five points from 12 matches.
Ranieri was appointed simultaneously in a move that was now infamously described as “risk-free” by club chairman Shahid Khan.