Chris Hughton would be interested in replacing Scott Parker at Fulham if the Cottagers miss out on Premier League promotion, according to The Sun (13 July, page 61).
While the West Londoners might have the finest squad in the Championship on paper, with a strikeforce of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Bobby Reid and Anthony Knockaert striking fear into the heart of most second-tier defences, their undoubted quality has not always translated into results.
Fulham have won their last three league outings but an inconsistent run before lockdown means automatic promotion has slipped through their fingers.
The capital club are currently fourth, five points adrift of West Brom in second.
As a result, speculation has suggested that Fulham could dispense with the services of rookie boss Parker and bring a more experienced, proven tactician to Craven Cottage.
Hughton, then, would most certainly fit the bill.
The 61-year-old has a superb record in the Football League, leading a crisis-ridden Newcastle side back to the top-flight at the first attempt a decade ago before booking Brighton’s place in the Promised Land for the first time in their history.
So if Parker was not under enough pressure already, he will now have to operate with the spectre of Hughton looming above Craven Cottage.
The Sun reports that Birmingham City could look to bring back a former coach at Pep Clotet’s replacement, while Hughton also has admirers at managerless Bristol City.