In an interview uploaded to the official Tottenham Hotspur website, brand-new Under 18s coach Scott Parker has revealed his delight to be back and working at Spurs.
Over his 20 year playing career, Parker became well-known for his mastery of the midfield and enjoyed 2 seasons at Spurs from 2011-2013.
During his time at the club, the now 36 year old was given the opportunity to captain the England team in 2012 in a friendly against Holland after skippering former club West Ham for the bulk of his 4 year stay with the Hammers.
Parker could not hide his delight at being back at Tottenham, as he reflected on his previous time at the club. He said:
“First and foremost I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”
“I had a couple of good seasons here, enjoyed my time and know a few familiar faces at the Club. That’s the first port of call.”
“I had a good rapport with the fans when I played here and the people at the Club and they were keen to get me back in. That was key for me.”
Parker then turned his attention to the next chapter in his life as Tottenham’s newest member of the coaching team.
“My role is to coach the Under-18s,” He said. “there are some good youngsters here and I’m looking forward to it.”
“I’m so pleased to see the reaction and I’ll get my head down now, work as hard as I can and try to bring some players through.”
After two decades of football, Parker has Charlton Athletic, Norwich City, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham all on his CV.
Last season, Parker featured regularly in Fulham’s midfield in the Championship, which is no easy task given the intensity and competitivity of the league.
The veteran holding midfielder went on to explain how difficult a decision taking out retirement was. He said:
“It took me so long to decide.”
“When you’ve played football for such a long time – 20 years for me – and you finally have to make the call…one day I’d say I was going to retire, the next day I’d say I was going to carry on. I was going back and forth.”
“I’m pleased with my decision, albeit a tough one and I’m really looking forward to this next step.”
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