Parker - time to start preperations
Scott Parker believes now is the time for Fulham to "get ahead of the game" in their preparations for next season.
The Cottagers will be kicking off in the Championship come August after relegation was finally confirmed with a 4-1 defeat at Watford on April 2.
There are, though, signs of some positives for the future as Parker's side rallied to beat Everton last weekend which halted a run of nine straight defeats.
Parker has yet to learn whether he will be at the helm to try to tackle the challenges of a relentless Championship campaign head on next season.
The former Fulham midfielder, who replaced Claudio Ranieri in February, believes the rebuilding process needs to begin quickly to stay ahead of their promotion rivals.
"I think it will be beneficial to everyone at the football club to take this time to really focus, reassess, and plan for next year," Parker said.
"It is going to be a big year, obviously a difficult year in a difficult league.
"But we know where we are and I feel this time is a massive opportunity to get ahead of the game, to plan and prepare for a massive campaign to try and get back into this division."
Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.