Scott Parker faces a tough start as Fulham’s caretaker manager after taking over from Claudio Ranieri  who was sacked over poor  perfomance.

The former Tottenham midfielder has been asked to steady the club by owner Shahid Khan after Ranieri was sacked following a run of four straight defeats.

But that may be easier said than done, with Parker now preparing for arguably the Cottagers’ toughest run of Premier League fixtures all season.

Parker’s first game in charge will come against his former club Chelsea on Sunday, before fixtures against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Former Fulham manager Claudio Ranier. The Italian parted ways with Fulham after a series of poor performance. PHOTO: COURTESY

Ranieri parted ways with Fulham after less than four months in charge.

Confirming the departure Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement: “Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interests of everyone.

“Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as manager in November, but be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today.”

The Italian replaced Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage in November, but has managed just three wins in 17 matches since taking over.

Following his departure, Ranieri told Fulham’s official website: “I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment.

“Finally, I would like to thank the club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the club.”

Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton left the club 10 points from safety in the Premier League, with 10 matches to play.

Chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ greeted Ranieri’s second-half substitutions at St Mary’s, while a banner containing the words ‘Risk free? Are you watching Tony Khan?’ was unfurled in reference to comments made by the club’s vice-chairman following Ranieri’s appointment.