FULHAM have saved £2 million thanks to a crafty clause in the contract of axed boss Claudio Ranieri.
Ranieri will only be paid up until the end of this season because the club was in the relegation zone when he got the boot last week.
It means Fulham do not have to pay the Italian the full weight of his £2 million-a-year contract which ran until the end of next season.
Coach Scott Parker has taken over as interim boss until the end of the season but could land the job permanently depending on results.
His first game in charge ended in a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea but the performance was much improved than in recent matches.
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is another candidate to take over the full time role but he is in line to be offered a new deal at Ashton Gate to head off any attempts to prise him away.
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Fulham are away at another of Ranieri’s former clubs, Leicester this weekend as they battle to stay up.
They are second from bottom in the Premier League and 11 points from safety with only eight games to go.
Meanwhile, reports in Italy claim Ranieri could be set to take charge at Roma.
The Serie A side are struggling this season, and could sack Eusebio Di Francesco after crashing out of the Champions League to Porto on Wednesday night.