Hello and welcome to 50 Years On, a newer series here on VivaLaVidaFM. You may have read some of my 20 Years On posts where I look at an FM wonderkid and see how they progress on the game. In this series I will take a look at both managers and clubs to see how they develop on Football Manager.
This post looks at Scott Parker, current Fulham manager, to see what happens to him on Football Manager 2020. Enjoy!
Name: Scott Parker
D.O.B: 13 October 1980
Current Club: Fulham
Scott Parker | 50 Years On
Three Promotions and Four Sackings
2019-2020 – After relegation from the Premier League in real-world football last season, Scott Parker would be looking for an immediate return to the top-flight. And this would be achieved in season one with Fulham winning the Championship. This was not enough to give Parker much time next season, though, with Fulham taking the decision to sack him mid-way through the following season with Fulham struggling to remain in the Premier League.
2021-2023 – It took a year for Parker to find another job as Huddersfield would approach him to become their manager. The Championship side were pushing for promotion to the PL and Parker would be the man to secure it. Huddersfield won the playoff final, beating Bristol City, to earn promotion to the top flight.
2023-2025 – Again, Scott Parker was not able to build on promotion as he saw his side struggle to compete in the Prem. Huddersfield sacked Parker in January but it only took until March for him to find work once more. Newcastle hired Parker and he spent three seasons at the club, finishing in 15th, 11th and 9th. In his fourth season, Newcastle began poorly but it came as a shock when the board fired Parker. His side had shown clear progression over his time at the club and so a sacking here will come as a bitter blow.
2026 – Incredibly, Parker’s next move was back to Huddersfield where he was sacked from three years ago. He lasted just eight months back with the club before they fired him once more. He led them to a 12th place finish in the Championship and this was clearly not good enough with Huddersfield sacking him in August.
2026-2028 – Middlesbrough appointed Parker as manager in November of 2026 with the club chasing promotion from the Championship. After two promotions already in his short managerial career, Parker was keen to add to this tally with Middlesbrough. And this he did! Another playoff victory, again beating Bristol City, secured promotion and saw Parker back in the Premier League. He would manage the club for one more season, finishing in 13th place, before following the likes of Steve McClaren and Gareth Southgate by taking the England job after leaving Middlesbrough.
International Success | England 2028-2033
July 2028 – Parker left Middlesbrough when England came calling. An opportunity too good to turn down. He joined the nation in 2028 after a poor showing in the European Championships where England were knocked out in the quarter-final by losing to Switzerland.
July 2030 – Scott Parker lifts the World Cup for England. He’s done what no English manager has done since 1966. An incredible tournament in which England beat Mali, Italy, Argentina and Spain on the way to the final. A 3-0 demolition of Mexico was a fitting way for England to lift the World Cup but realistically any sort of win would’ve done!
July 2032 – Following the World Cup win and a Nations League victory in 2031 as well, England won their third consecutive tournament by winning the European Championships. Scott Parker’s England are the dominant force in world football.
Five Champions League Finals with Five Different Clubs
2033-2034 – After three international successes, Parker felt it was time to return to club management. Liverpool were the team lucky enough to attract his services and he joined them in March of 2033, straight after leaving England. He finished the 32/33 season on an incredible high, lifting the Champions League with Liverpool. His side led 2-0 against Real Madrid with goals from experienced players in Marcos Antonio and Rhian Brewster and they held on for a 2-1 victory. In the league, Liverpool finished 7th but this poor standing was largely due to the poor start made by the previous manager Carlo Ancelotti. And despite the Champions League success still fresh in the memory, Liverpool sacked Parker in April of 2034 with the side struggling to make the top 4 in the Premier League.
2034-2042 – He left English shores for pastures anew, joining Spanish side Atletico Madrid in July 2034. He spent eight seasons in Madrid, consistently challenging for the title despite never achieving the feat of finishing ahead of both Real Madrid and Barcelona to win the league. He did, however, challenge regularly for the Champions League and in 2038 he took his side to the final, beating PSG 1-0 to lift the trophy. He also lifted two FIFA Club World Championships in his time in Spain.
2042-2043 – Scott Parker resigned from Atletico Madrid having taken the side as far as he deemed possible. He joined German champions Bayern Munich in 2042 and led the German side to the treble, winning all three trophies available to them. He only spent one season with Bayern but it was long enough to win a famous treble with the club, dominating domestic football by winning both the league and the cup and topping it all off with a Champions League victory, beating Real Madrid again in the final.
2043-2048 – Parker would return to English football for a final time, taking charge of Manchester City. In his time with the club he won many trophies, including 3 Premier League titles and a fourth Champions League trophy as manager. His Manchester City side won Europe’s top trophy in 2044, beating ex-club Bayern in the final just one year after he won the trophy with Bayern!
2048-2049 – Parker’s final year in management was spent in France with the dominant force PSG. In his year at the club, he reached the Champions League final again! But sadly it would not be a fifth CL title with a fifth team as PSG lost to Barcelona in the final. Scott Parker would retire from football at the end of the 2049/249 season as one of the most loved managers in the English game.
These types of posts are some of my favourite to create on Football Manager. I find it fascinating seeing how managers move about. You may not think that Scott Parker will be the man to break England’s wait for the World Cup or win four Champions League’s with four different clubs. Football Manager thinks differently!
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