Scott Parker: "I’m buzzing to be back!"
Mon 10 July 2017, 17:45|Tottenham Hotspur
Scott Parker is delighted to start a new chapter in his football life at Spurs.
The midfielder who won so many plaudits during a 20-year career – including PFA Young Player (2004), Football Writers Footballer of the Year (2011), PFA Team of the Year and named captain of England during his time at Spurs (2012) – is back at Hotspur Way as our new Under-18 coach.
Now he’s hoping to use all the experience of over 550 career games at Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs (63 matches for us between 2011-13) and Fulham and 18 England caps to help our young players achieve their goals.
“First and foremost I’m absolutely buzzing to be back,” said Scott. “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.
“My role is to coach the Under-18s, there are some good youngsters here and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m so pleased to see the reaction (to his appointment) and I’ll get my head down now, work as hard as I can and try to bring some players through.”
Below: Scott in action during his playing days at Spurs - celebrating with Luka Modric
After such a long time as a player, Scott, now 36, admitted he had to think long and hard about calling it a day. After all, he’d played 31 times for Fulham last season, including 29 appearances in the hurly-burly midfield minefield of the Championship.
“It took me so long to decide,” he explained. “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.”