Tottenham’s search for a new manager may have suffered another setback, with reported target Scott Parker linked with another high-profile job, as revealed by Football Insider.
What’s the latest news on Scott Parker?
Three weeks on from sacking Jose Mourinho, Spurs are still looking for his replacement. They have been putting together a list of potential candidates for the position, which is believed to include Fulham boss Scott Parker.
However, it is claimed that they are not the only admirers of Parker. It is understood that England view the 40-year-old as an ideal option to take over the national team’s Under-21 side from Aidy Boothroyd.
Parker is believed to be high up on the FA’s shortlist for the role, alongside former Exeter manager Paul Tisdale.
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What does Daniel Levy think of Parker?
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy thinks the world of Parker.
This has not always been the case, as he was apparently not convinced by Parker as a player when he signed for Spurs back in 2012.
He seems to have been impressed by the work that Parker has done at Fulham, though, despite the side being on the brink of relegation from the Premier League. Levy is also rumoured to believe that Parker would be a low maintenance option when compared with Mourinho, whose outspoken personality often caused controversy during his 17 months in the Tottenham dugout.
Would Parker be the right fit for Tottenham?
When Mourinho was fired last month, it was reported that Levy wanted to find an attack-minded coach to succeed him. Based off this criteria, it seems that Parker might not be the right man for the job.
Fulham have scored just 25 goals in their 34 league matches to date – only bottom side Sheffield United have found the net on fewer occasions.
On the flip side, Fulham do have the third-best defensive record in the bottom half, and have conceded the same number of goals as fifth-placed West Ham. This suggests that Parker could make Spurs a tighter defensive unit if he took over the north London club next term.
Should Parker choose Spurs or England Under-21s?
It is not guaranteed that Parker will be offered either position, but being linked with the two jobs does indicate that he is doing something right. If he is given the choice, it will be a tough decision to make.
Tottenham have featured regularly in Europe over the past decade, and Parker may welcome the opportunity to pit his wits against some of the finest coaches on the continent.
However, the team have suffered a dip in results over the last two seasons, and could lose their star striker Harry Kane this summer. That would leave Parker with a major rebuilding job on his hands.
Meanwhile, the England Under-21s role can be challenging as well. The side have failed to make it past the group stage at the last two European Championships, and Boothroyd described the manager’s position as the “utterly impossible job” earlier this year.
It does offer the chance to work with the best young players in the country, though, and could start a pathway for Parker to go on to manage the senior side in the future.
Gareth Southgate previously went down that road, working with the Under-21s for several years before taking over as England boss following Sam Allardyce’s abrupt departure in 2016.
Parker may fancy following in the footsteps of Southgate, and eventually leading England out at Wembley one day.