Highly rated coach departs Tottenham

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The club have announced that Scott Parker has left his role as U18’s coach and will join Fulham to be part of their first team coaching role at Craven Cottage.

Highly rated coach Parker  joined the coaching staff last summer after he retired from playing, with his ambition of one day becoming a manager.

He had completed some of his coaching badges under the instruction of Spurs academy head John McDermott, and was involved with coaching youth players at White Hart Lane before he left to play for final club Fulham.

Parker officially retired at the end of the 2016/17 season and within days was announced as the newest member of the Spurs backroom staff.

The 36-year-old had spent four years at Craven Cottage following his departure from Spurs but decided to hang up his boots after two decades of action.

He was and inspirational player for Tottenham between 2011 and 2013, making 62 appearances.  The Lambeth born star also represented Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham United, and played 18 times for England.

John McDermott, Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development, said on Parker’s departure: “Scott was a tremendous influence on our young players far beyond his Under-18 remit last season and, utilising his vast experience in the game, was absolutely first-class in the way he applied himself to the role and helped to nurture the talents of the players and colleagues he worked with.

He added: “In the Academy, we pride ourselves on developing not only footballers for careers in the professional game but coaches and support staff as well. Earlier this year we saw another of our coaches, Justin Cochrane, earn a role within the England national youth set-up while numerous other talented individuals are now thriving in top-level roles having cut their teeth working with our Academy.

He also said: “Scott is our latest success story in that respect and while we are obviously sad to lose a figure of such professionalism and integrity, we are pleased that he has been able to take a first team position in the Premier League as he furthers his own development as a coach. As a Club, we thank him for his services and wish him all the best for the future.”

Matt Wells will assume coaching responsibilities for the U18s

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