Arsene Wenger has turned down the chance of a managerial return with Championship-bound Fulham for a second time, it has been claimed.
The Frenchman, 69, has been out of work since the end of his 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal last May.
He was linked with the Real Madrid job earlier this season, while Fulham tried to tempt him back into football before hiring Claudio Ranieri in November.
The Daily Mail claim the Cottagers want to appoint a big-name manager to permanently replace Ranieri, who was sacked in February, and have been unsuccessful in asking Wenger to take the reins in the Championship.
Scott Parker has been in temporary charge since the Italian’s departure, but could not prevent the club’s swift return to the second tier.
It is understood that Fulham are willing to give Parker the job on a full-time basis if they fail to attract a high-profile manager.
And the 38-year-old has the backing of club captain Tom Cairney.
He said: “I’ve said for a long time that I think Scott has done an incredible job and, in my eyes, I think he is the right man for the job.
“The way he has got us playing in such a short space of time, in the hardest league in the world, is a credit to him.
“I believe he is the man to take us forward so we’ll see.”
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In February, Wenger, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, remained unsure over when he would return to the dugout.
He said: “My future is unknown – even for me.
“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.
“I am enjoying a little bit less pressure, and more freedom as well. But I miss the competition.”