Fulham manager Scott Parker is confident that this club have learnt from their mistakes in the past after securing promotion to the Premier League on Wednesday. The Cottagers managed to beat Brentford 2-1 in the playoff final at Wembley and have now returned to the Premier League after two seasons in the Championship.
“There were some clear errors made last time,” said the ex-England midfielder. “We will learn from that. We need to learn from that. We’re going into the best league in the world, the best players, the best teams… it’s a brutal league and I realise the challenge ahead. What we’re trying to build and what we’re trying to engrain in these players, in this football club, is some core foundations.”
“Sometimes those core foundations get you far in life. You can have as much talent as you want but, if you’re not building your football club on concrete and you’re building it on sand, then in the end it will be the rollercoaster ride. I hope we can grow gradually. It’s going to be tough but, if we can’t, we have core foundations that we always fall back on.”
After beating Aston Villa in the 2018 playoff final, Fulham spent over €120m in transfers to aid in their battle against relegation. Despite the big spending, Fulham struggled throughout the season and were relegated with five games left to play. In that season Slavisa Jokanovic, Claudio Ranieri and Parker as a caretaker couldn’t help Fulham avoid relegation.