Relegation, promotion, and now relegation once more.
Fulham’s rollercoaster trip between the highest two divisions of English football has taken the London membership again out of the Premier League, its destiny sealed by means of shedding to Burnley 2-0 on Monday.
Fulham joined Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion in taking place to the Championship, wrapping up the Premier League’s relegation struggle on the earliest ever degree with 3 rounds nonetheless to head.
“I’m bitterly upset, I’m harm, I’m gutted,” stated Fulham supervisor Scott Parker, who additionally presided over the workforce’s relegation two seasons in the past when he was once in price on an intervening time foundation.
“Whilst it’s been looming over us for a while now, there’s no phrases I will put in combination as opposed to I’m gutted we haven’t been a success this 12 months.”
Burnley was once one among 4 golf equipment, in conjunction with Brighton, Newcastle and Southampton nonetheless mathematically no longer secure heading into the fit at Craven Cottage.
After first-half objectives from Ashley Westwood and in-form striker Chris Wooden, Burnley was once in a position to rejoice the possibility of taking part in a 6th immediately season within the profitable most sensible flight, a shocking success by means of supervisor Sean Dyche given the finances he works below and the truth his workforce had simply two issues after seven video games.
The type of balance Dyche has dropped at Burnley is one thing Parker craves.
“The highs and lows and the rollercoaster of the adventure this is, we wish to figure out precisely what we wish to do now to take a look at to stay a degree about us,” the previous England midfielder stated.
“Over the approaching weeks, we wish to have a dialogue and figure out what we wish to do to transport ahead and take a look at to get off the rollercoaster we’re on.”
Parker stated he was once dedicated to staying on the membership, regardless that that may in the long run be a choice for proprietor Shahid Khan, whose portfolio of sports activities groups additionally comprises the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Khan additionally faces a duration of introspection, with Fulham’s board overseeing some other offseason of questionable recruitment, particularly how overdue within the switch window the membership determined to usher in one of the new signings.
Fulham, which is 10 issues from protection with 3 suits final, has been close to the ground of the league all season, the workforce’s porousness on the again first of all the largest flaw.
Parker was once in a position to shore up the protection by means of the center of the season helped by means of the spectacular shows of mortgage signings Joachim Andersen, a middle again from Lyon, and Alphonse Areola, a goalkeeper from Paris Saint-Germain however that got here on the expense of its attacking fluency.
Fulham has simply 25 objectives in 35 video games, higher handiest than last-placed Sheffield United.
“In between each bins, we have now had our moments and appeared a just right facet,” Parker stated. “The place we have now fallen brief is the opposite facet of that.”
After beating Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on March 7, Fulham was once tied on issues with fourth-to-last Brighton however hasn’t gained any of its seven video games since.
“We cracked below the power somewhat bit,” stated Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the workforce’s celebrity striker who has scored handiest 3 times this season.
“We weren’t just right sufficient, courageous sufficient. We paintings exhausting, however we don’t have the standard at each ends.”