Leeds United's Championship rivals confirm head coach appointment

Leeds United's Championship rivals Burnley have appointed former Fulham and Bournemouth manager Scott Parker their new boss. The 43-year-old has replaced Vincent Kompany at Turf Moor following the Belgian’s move to Bayern Munich earlier this summer.

The former England international has been out of work since March 2023, having been sacked by Belgian side Club Bruges after winning only two of his 12 games in charge. Parker has previously led Fulham and Bournemouth from the Championship into the Premier League.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be here. I have been speaking with Burnley for some time now which has been a positive thing as I’ve now got a real feel for the people around the club.

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“To be around the training ground now you start to get that feeling again and I can’t wait to get on the training field and start work. For us to be successful this year is the most important thing. We have to win and build a team the fans and club can be proud of. This team can represent every single one of them in that aspect and that’s the aim.”

Burnley officials plumped for Parker to succeed Kompany, having held talks with Ruud van Nistelrooy as well as ex-England midfielder Frank Lampard. Chairman Alan Pace added: “We are thrilled to welcome Scott to Burnley.

“His vision for the future aligns with our goals and ambitions of returning to the Premier League as soon as possible. His track record of success along with a commitment to developing young talent makes him an ideal fit.

“We are confident he can lead us to new heights and continue to build on the solid foundations laid at Turf Moor.”

The Clarets kick off their 2024/25 Championship campaign with a visit to Luton on Monday, August 12.