Scott Parker is ready to put the sentiment aside and send the old Newcastle squad down if it keeps Fulham in the Premier League … as he insists the teams above are ‘watching over their shoulder’ as his Cottagers see big breakout with only eight games to go
- Scott Parker succeeded Alan Shearer as Newcastle captain in 2006
- The tough midfielder played for Toon 73 times in two years
- Parker has fond memories of the club, but says his focus is now on Fulham
- The Cottagers face off against the Magpies on the final day in a potential do-or-die clash
Scott Parker insists there is no time for sentiment as he devises a plan to keep Fulham going this season at the expense of former Newcastle club.
The former England international spent two years at Tyneside and was given captaincy by the late Glenn Roeder in 2006, succeeding Alan Shearer.
Parker only has fond memories of his time at St James’ but will put aside all affection to maintain Fulham’s top status as the two clubs face off on the final day of the season in a potential relegation shootout.
Scott Parker says he left sentiment at the door while trying to keep Fulham from being demoted
Scott Parker succeeded Alan Shearer as Newcastle captain and played for the club 73 times
“I really enjoyed it there,” Parker explained.
‘I spent two years (there) and found that the Geordie people were very hospitable and it was a lovely place to play football.
‘But this is football and the way football is and how players move around, managers too, you are very professional and there is one focus of mine and one goal of mine and that is for us to be successful. Fulham Football Club, this team to be successful and try to stay in this division. ‘
With eight games to go, Fulham occupies the last relegation spot and is two points behind Newcastle, ahead of Sunday’s journey to Aston Villa.
However, Parker’s focus is solely on controlling Fulham’s fate and ensuring the Cottagers remain a Premier League club.
“ I think throughout the year and what this year has brought, there are of course eight games and more that those games are being played, you are starting to see exactly how it goes, ” he added.
Fulham’s next match is against Aston Villa, who have lost to them 3-0 in the reverse fixture
‘I also feel like you win a few, you lose a few in every team around us.
‘The teams above Newcastle, before you know it, you could be looking over your shoulder.
“There is no focus on that for us, we just have to win some games and withdraw from this.”