Fulham’s Scott Parker is considered one of the frontrunners to take the helm at Tottenham, but Daniel Levy should rule out the possibility of hiring the Englishman.
While Parker has matured considerably since taking the reins at Fulham in 2019, he isn’t experienced enough to be appointed Tottenham manager. Parker, who played for Tottenham between 2011-2013, was instrumental in guiding Fulham to Premier League promotion at the end of last season.
Parker endured a tough start to his Premier League managerial career, with Fulham sputtering out of the gates. The 40-year-old, however, adapted his side considerably, making them a much harder outfit to breakdown.
That newfound defensive resilience made the Cottagers tough to beat. Unfortunately Fulham found it incredibly difficult to find a way to win matches, leading to their eventual relegation from the top flight.
Parker has come a long way in his managerial career in a very short period. He is an excellent man manager, often getting the best out of his players. But his managerial CV is nowhere near robust enough to become manager at Spurs. Not yet anyway.
Being relegated from the Premier League, while not the only the determining factor in being passed over for the job, certainly doesn’t bolster his chances of landing the position. His longstanding ties to Tottenham help his cause, but hiring Parker is just too risky for a Spurs side in need of an experienced gaffer to lead what will surely be a complex rebuild.
If the decision was based purely on sentiment and emotion, Parker would be shoo-in to take the helm. But Parker’s obvious lack of experience as a Premier League manager combined with an inability — no matter the reasons — to keep Fulham afloat in the top flight will prevent him from being named as Tottenham’s next manager.
That doesn’t close the door perpetually, as Parker would make a superb Tottenham manager with a few more years managing at the top level under his belt.