INTERIM boss Scott Parker says he wants the Fulham job permanently – as he dreams of emulating Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Former England and West Ham midfielder Parker is discussing possible new signings with the relegated Cottagers – despite no talks yet over his future.
And after two back-to-back Premier League wins, the 38-year-old told talkSPORT he is bursting to take the next big step towards his ambition of becoming a world-class manager.
Ex-Fulham and Chelsea player Parker said: “I’m in regular dialogue with the owners. I’ve spoken with them numerous times, but regarding my future and where I am come the end of the season it’s not one we’ve discussed,
“We’ve discussed a lot of other stuff regarding signings and plans for pre-season.
“I said at the start, I will treat it as long-term, that’s the person I am in the sense that I plan everything I do.
“I do know one thing, I’ll leave this club in a better place, whether I’m here or not come the end of the season. I certainly will leave this club in a better place than it was.”
Fulham are going straight back down after just six Prem wins since their Championship play-off triumph.
Yet Parker’s thankless one-month stint as caretaker chief has done anything but put him off.
He said: “I’m ambitious. I want to be a football manager.
“Whether that’s at Fulham come the end of the season or whether that’s on another path which my career takes me, then so be it.”
Parker insists he wants to rival the best coaches,just like he aspired for the top as a player.
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He said: “When I was a young player.. I thought, ‘I want to be as good as him, I want to be as good as Gazza’, and it’s the same now.
“Those people now are obviously the Guardiola’s and the Klopp’s of this world.
“I understand how hard it is, but it’s these people I look at and study and think, ‘that’s where I want to get to’.”