Parker wants to take stock before deciding on Fulham future
Scott Parker was refusing to drop any hints about his future in the aftermath of Fulham's final fixture of a desperately disappointing season.
The Whites signed off from the Premier League with yet another loss - Newcastle United winning 2-0 at the Cottage as Fulham finished with eight defeats and no wins in their final 10 games.
Relegation always brings soul-searching and usually a change of management, but the popular Parker is not saying whether he expects to continue or not and just wants the dust to settle before decisions are taken.
"I think we probably all need to take breath a little bit," he said.
"When you've been in the firing line like we've been all year, under the conditions we've been under because of the pandemic, it's probably wise to take a little bit of a breather, clear or minds and then sit down and come to a plan of what we need to do.
"We want to work out what's best for the club and work out the way we need to go to be successful next year.
"Seven or eight players will leave the club after loan spells so it's a new team again, new stimulus, and we need to work out the best way to go."
He said of his possible part in the next chapter: "It's not something I'm thinking about. I want a break first and foremost. Me, the staff and the players deserve that. Then we can work out how we can be stronger than we are.
"The fans have been brilliant with me and the team in the time I've been at the club and I'm forever grateful for that support they've given us. I'm sad the fans weren't able to experience Premier League football this season and see the quality on show. The challenge now is to get back into the league where we want to be."
The defeat to the Magpies was fairly typical of the campaign. There was just no end product for the Whites who set an unwelcome record low in terms of goals scored at home in a top-flight season. They managed only nine.
"If you've watched us a lot this year it is probably the story of our season, really," Parker said.
"We played the majority of the game in their half and missed some big chances. Ivan Cavaleiro's chance [in the second half] was massive. They've been in our box three or four times.
"As a snapshot, that game probably was our season in one.
"I didn't like us first half, I thought we lacked intensity and the game was flat. We improved but didn't manage to get on the right side of things. It's disappointing not to get a result today, of course. We didn't quite put the speed into the game we needed."