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Scott Parker retires, rejoins Tottenham Hotspur as U18 coach

Welcome back, RAF Captain Parker!

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A long-time servant to the club in Kyle Walker might be departing for Manchester City this summer, but Tottenham Hotspur are welcoming back one of its former players in a different role. One day after hanging up his boots as a professional footballer, former Tottenham, Fulham, and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker is returning to Spurs as a member of the U18 coaching staff and a club ambassador.

This is fantastic news. Parker spent two seasons with Tottenham between 2011 and 2013 and was beloved by the White Hart Lane faithful for his hard-nosed style of play, tenacity, and personal style. A full England international with 18 caps, he’s been a star since his childhood days, even appearing in a McDonald’s commercial playing keepy-uppy. He went on to make 486 career appearances, scoring 26 goals for all clubs.

Spurs academy director John McDermott had this to say about his newest coach:

“Scott will need no introduction in terms of his playing credentials. He’s been planning a career in coaching for a number of years and during his time here he was not only completing his coaching qualifications but dealing with players in real life situations.

“Scott’s role within the Academy will be to manage the Under-18s players and to instil the standards required to be an elite international and Premier League player.

“I know how passionately Scott feels about the personal qualities Mauricio needs from players to be a success in our first team and I know he will develop these qualities in our players on and off the training pitch.”

Parker also has already had an impact on at least one member of Spurs’ current squad: Harry Winks admitted before Spurs played Fulham in the FA Cup this past Spring that Parker took Winks under his wing and was a mentor to him as a young midfielder coming up through Tottenham’s academy.

'He was great with me, always giving me advice, and his career speaks for itself and he's a player I'd love to aspire to get one day...

'Being a midfielder himself, he was coming to the end of his career at Spurs and he was looking more to the coaching side,' Winks said.

'Obviously he has a lot of advice to pass on and me being a young player coming through the academy I was just trying to get as much advice as possible. Scott just seemed to be perfect for that.

'I remember there was one session after training I went into a room with him and we watched clips back of his game and he talked me through what he thought was good in his game and what I needed to watch back and do myself.”

As a club ambassador, Parker will also be doing many of the same things that Ledley King does for the club, and if you think that Ledley looks good in a Tottenham-branded Aqua Scutum suit, just imagine Parker. Now imagine them standing together! Lordy! *fans self*

Perhaps no other recent Tottenham player has done more to enhance Spurs’ #brand than Parker during his short tenure in north London. And while it’s exciting to think about what Scott Parker will do to improve the skills of our young academy prospects, he has other things that he can teach the next generation of Tottenham talent as well. Here, in no particular order, are things that Scott Parker can teach Tottenham’s U18s:

  • The finer points of hair styling without product
  • The beauty and majesty of concentric circles
  • How to execute a perfect barrel roll while engaging the enemy in your Supermarine Spitfire over Calais
  • Grit
  • The art of sideways passing
  • How to keep your shirt tucked in
  • Blocking shots with your face

Welcome back to Tottenham, RAF Captain Parker! Give ‘em hell!