Kevin Phillips has admitted that he is surprised to hear that Scott Parker is among the candidates Tottenham are considering for their managerial vacancy.
Parker, who spent two seasons as a player at Tottenham and began his coaching career at the North London club as the Under-18 Development Coach, is reportedly one of many names on the club’s radar as they continue their search for a new boss.
According to Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, while Parker has admirers at Spurs, the club’s hierarchy view the Fulham boss as someone for the future rather than being ready to take over right now.
Parker was unable to help Fulham preserve their Premier League status this season, with the Cottagers’ 2-0 loss to Burnley last week ending the club’s hopes of avoiding the drop.
However, the 40-year-old insisted after the game that he is fully committed to helping Fulham bounce back from relegation.
Philips admitted that he does not expect Parker to get the Tottenham job but admitted to being pleasantly surprised that young coaches like him are being considered for big jobs.
The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “I am very surprised to hear they might talk to Parker.
“I think Scotty will get a big job eventually, it would just take me by surprise if it was to be now.
“It is encouraging that these big clubs are talking to managers that haven’t got a wealth of experience because they should. That should be the case throughout all of the leagues.
“Why talk to people who have been there, seen it, done it? It does not always work out. You just have to look at the amount of experienced managers Sunderland have had over the years bar Big Sam.
“It is great to hear Parker is being considered. Do I see him getting the job? No, I don’t. It is great news that he is being interviewed though.”
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