Paul Merson warns Spurs one of their reported managerial targets won't get the fans onside
Tottenham Hotspur fans probably won’t be happy if Scott Parker is appointed as the new Spurs manager, according to Paul Merson.
The north Londoners continue to search for a new head coach in wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month.
A number of names have been linked with the job, from veteran managers such as Rafael Benitez to younger coaches like Parker.
According to The Athletic, the former Spurs midfielder has won admirers at N17 for his progressive style of play and faith in young players.
Parker is currently at the helm of Fulham, who he steered to Premier League promotion last season via the Championship playoffs.
However, the 40-year-old hasn’t been able to keep them up in the top flight, as a late-season collapse saw them relegated with three games left.
Merson believes Parker should stay at Fulham and continue learning instead of risking being out of the game for months before ending up with a relegation-battling team.
“Scott Parker sounds like he has a big decision to make,” the Arsenal icon wrote in the Daily Star. “But he should stay at Fulham.
“He’s a young manager who’s still learning. Do you leave Fulham and spend months out of the game, only to get offered a firefighting job by a struggling team?
“I’m not sure he’d walk into a new job if he quit. The Crystal Palace job might be available, but would Tottenham fans be happy with Scott Parker? I doubt it.
“He could be out of work for a while if he leaves. Look at Frank Lampard. He hasn’t got back in yet has he?”
Merson makes a good point – Parker is still fairly new to the management game and could do with picking up more experience.
Going to Spurs would be a case of being thrown in at the deep end, and given what a mess this season has been, the north Londoners could do with someone a bit more experienced.
Potter would be a good shout – he’s been managing for a decade, plays good football, gets teams punching above their weight and knows how to navigate the ruthless Premier League waters.
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