Some bad news to begin the day in this bold new England-ascendent world. Tottenham Hotspur has lost its RAF captain.
The club announced this morning via social media that former player and current U18 coach Scott Parker has left the club to assume the role of first team coach at Fulham, the club where he ended his career. He joins manager Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage, where he will try and help keep Fulham in the Premier League after their promotion from the Championship last season.
The Club can confirm that Scott Parker has left his role as our U18s Coach to take up a first team coaching position at Fulham. We wish him all the best for the future.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 4, 2018
Following Scott’s departure, Matt Wells will assume coaching responsibilities for our U18s. pic.twitter.com/NvHsZbczuE
Parker thanked Spurs in a statement on Fulham’s website.
“I’m delighted to join the Club this week and look forward to working with Slaviša once again, as well as with the rest of the coaching staff and players.
“I would like to thank everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for their support and encouragement at the very start of my coaching career with the Under-18s throughout last season, in particular John McDermott for his guidance and ongoing support. I’m looking forward now to the next step up, coaching the First Team at Fulham.
“I have first-hand knowledge of the quality and ambition at the Club since I was a player here, with tremendous work carried out by staff within the First Team set up and across all Academy age groups.
“I’m looking forward to getting started right away in preparation for the Premier League campaign.”
Parker did some impressive things with the U18s last season at Tottenham, but this is most certainly a promotion for him as he’ll now be able to work directly with Fulham’s first team, including star-in-the-making Ryan Sessegnon. In losing Parker, Spurs not only lose a likely future Premier League manager, but also lose the coach with the best hair in the business, and that’s a loss that should not be minimized.
Also, who’s going to teach the next generation of Tottenham midfielders how to turn a perfect circle while in a midfield press? Truly a staggering loss.
We’ll miss you, Scotty Too Hottie. Best of luck in your new position and congratulations on the promotion!