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Steve Bruce says Spurs-linked manager 'wants to do well', has the 'hugest respect' for him

Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Scott Parker has been praised by Steve Bruce, who says he has the “hugest respect” for the 40-year-old.

Spurs remain in the hunt for a new permanent head coach in wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month.

A number of names have been linked with the Tottenham job, from veteran managers such as Rafael Benitez to younger coaches like Parker.

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According to The Athletic, the former Spurs midfielder has won admirers at N17 for his progressive style of play and faith in young players.

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Parker steered Fulham to Premier League promotion last season via the Championship playoffs.

However, he wasn’t able to keep them up in the top flight, as a late-season collapse – one point from seven games – saw them relegated with three fixtures left.

Speaking ahead of Newcastle’s last Premier League game of the season away at Craven Cottage, Bruce had kind words to say about his counterpart.

“The one thing in management is that you gain experience,” the Magpies boss is quoted by the Shields Gazette as saying.

“He’ll learn from it, he’s young, wants to do well. I’ve got the hugest respect (for him). It’s very difficult to stay there (in the Premier League).”

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Parker did well to get Fulham to the Premier League, but sadly this season hasn’t gone to plan for him.

As Bruce says, he’ll learn from this – but as far as Spurs are concerned, perhaps it would be better if they got a more experienced manager, given there won’t be much room for error next term.

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