Scott Parker’s name has been mentioned as a contender to succeed Jose Mourinho at Tottenham and his credentials are glowing.
After Daniel Levy pulled the plug on Mourinho’s spiralling tenure on Monday, a number of contenders were quoted in the media to replace him. Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers remain the most popular, but The Atheltic did mention Fulham boss Parker. The 40-year-old has put Fulham in with a chance of Premier League survival and the former Spurs man is well liked.
The source claim Daniel Levy is also an admirer, however they note the Spurs chairman is also looking for a big-name replacement. They may well be keeping their options open. Football.london have reported similar regarding Parker, who played for Spurs for two years.
Gareth Southgate has also emerged as a potential option, according to a report in The Guardian (via Football Transfer Tavern).
They say that Southgate’s understanding with Harru Kane could see him considered. It is unclear whether that is a ploy from Levy to convince the striker to stay amid ongoing speculation over his future.
What’s more, they add that Southgate would be open to a return to club football. He has not taken charge of a club since 2009, when he was sacked by Middlesbrough.
Ryan Mason has been placed in interim charge until the end of the season. It’s unclear whether he could be a genuine, permanent contender even if he won the Carabao Cup and got Spurs into Europe.
Parker though remains a good option, according to Dimitar Berbatov.
“Scott Parker is working at Fulham. I used to play with him. Great appointment in my opinion. Yes Fulham are struggling but he’s doing a great job. Mikel Arteta at Arsenal also, the same example,” Berbatov told football.london.
“It doesn’t have to be the guy who was playing for your club before but in my opinion he has to be young and in full power of his ability and wake up every morning to say ‘let’s go, let’s go, let’s crush it’.”
Andersen raves over Parker
Fulham loanee Joachim Andersen, a player Tottenham are believed to be interested in ahead of the summer, is also a fan.
The Telegraph claim Lyon want £25m for Andersen this summer and he has revealed his admiration for Parker.
“I spoke with him a lot before signing,” he told 90min last year. “I’ve only had good feedback on him and his coaching. I was told he belongs to the new wave of talented coaches.
“In the first training session, I was impressed by his preferred style of play. He took the time to explain his playing philosophy to me and how he wanted me to play. It reinforced my decision to sign here.”