Footage of Scott Parker’s inspirational half-time team-talk before Bournemouth were promoted back to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest is going viral on social media.
Bournemouth sealed the Championship’s second automatic promotion spot thanks to a dramatic late goal from Kieffer Moore.
The Wales international produced a composed finish following a clever free-kick routine to earn his team all three points and a place in next season’s Premier League.
Parker – the former England international best remembered for his spells with Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Tottenham and West Ham – has now earned promotions with two clubs in the space of three years.
One of English football’s most talented young managers, the 41-year-old gave a heartfelt team-talk to his players with the scores level at 0-0 against Forest.
Video: Scott Parker’s epic half-time team-talk
The footage has been posted to social media and you can watch it here:
As Charlie Adam said in the replies: “Who wouldn’t wanna play for him?”
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On taking the Bournemouth job after leaving Fulham last summer, Parker said: “The ethos, the reputation, the journey and the challenge here is something that’s very exciting.
“I believe this is the perfect fit for both parties. We want to build a team the fans can be proud of and one they feel represents them. We can’t wait to get started.”
Parker has certainly delivered on that promise and will now be fully focused on planning for what is likely to be a tough campaign back in England’s top flight.
The former Premier League midfielder may be hoping to add Liverpool defender Nat Phillips to his squad on a permanent basis to bolster his team’s chances next season.
Asked if Parker’s style resembles Jurgen Klopp’s, the on-loan Phillips told DorsetLive: “Yes certainly.
“I think you can probably see that. We like to press high on the pitch as do Liverpool. We like to be aggressive out of possession and try and dominate the ball. So in that respect, you can certainly see the similarities.”