Fulham ended their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 defeat to Newcastle United at Craven Cottage, a result which disappointed new Head Coach Scott Parker.
The Whites were undone early on as two goals in two minutes from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez saw them behind before second-half goals from Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon secured a victory for the visitors.
Parker said: “The two early goals took the sting right out of us straight away, the world class strike firstly and I’m not sure the result reflects the game.
“We were lacklustre, and lacked a real conviction in the final third. Ultimately we were vulnerable on the break and struggled in that sense.
“There were some real pleasing things on my behalf in terms of the performance but some glaring things which stands out which we need to work on.
“Today gives us a clear idea of what needs to be done at the football club, I’ve said it before in this position. The Club needs a culture, it needs an identity and it needs foundations for us to be successful and that’s what we’re going to do.
“There is a big challenge ahead of us next season. Ultimately as a football club we drive standards and with the culture I suspect we’ll have a very successful season and seasons after.”
After signing a contract on Friday as the permanent Head Coach, Parker was full of praise for the owners and looks forward to working with them.
“The owners here are vitally committed to this team, they have spent and invested a lot of money into this team, I have no doubt they will be doing everything in their powers to keep the best talent and the best players so it gives us every opportunity next season,” he said.
Parker now looks to bounce back with Fulham in the Championship but having spent time there as a player he will be under no illusions over how difficult the challenge will be.
“The league we’re going in to is a tough league, it’s a very, very difficult league which you see now has got teams in it which were established Premier League teams and struggling mid-table in the division.
“I think you understand the demands of it and how it’s going to be, but my foundations are all about culture and I realise that’s the only way we will be successful in that league is if we establish the culture so it’s a big if for us but I’m really looking forward to it,” said Parker.