Parker bids farewell to under-18 role at Tottenham to link up with Fulham’s first-team

Former Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Scott Parker (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).

Former Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Scott Parker (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images). - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

The former England midfielder spent the 2017/18 season coaching the youth-team at Spurs, but has left to go back to Craven Cottage

Scott Parker left his role as Tottenham Hotspur’s under-18 coach this week to take up a first-team coaching position with newly promoted Premier League side Fulham.

The former Spurs midfielder returned to the club last summer and guided the Lilywhites youngsters to the final of the inaugural under-18 Premier League cup as well as the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League.

It won’t be long before Parker comes up against his old employees as the Cottagers are set to visit Wembley to take on Tottenham on August 18.

When discussing his Craven Cottage return to the official Fulham club website, he said: “I’m delighted to join the club and look forward to working with Slaviša (Jokanovic) 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.

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“I’m looking forward to getting started right away in preparation for the Premier League campaign.”

Spurs spoke to Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development McDermott after the news broke this week.

He told the official club website: “Scott was a tremendous influence on our young players far beyond his under-18 remit last season.

“And, utilising his vast experience in the game, was absolutely first-class in the way he applied himself to the role and helped to nurture the talents of the players and colleagues he worked with.

“In the academy, we pride ourselves on developing not only footballers for careers in the professional game but coaches and support staff as well.

“Earlier this year we saw another of our coaches, Justin Cochrane, earn a role within the England national youth set-up while numerous other talented individuals are now thriving in top-level roles having cut their teeth working with our academy.

“Scott is our latest success story in that respect and while we are obviously sad to lose a figure of such professionalism and integrity, we are pleased that he has been able to take a first team position in the Premier League as he furthers his own development as a coach.

“As a club, we thank him for his services and wish him all the best for the future.”

Tottenham have moved swiftly to replace Parker with Matt Wells assuming coaching responsibilities of the under-18s.

Wells, who has previously been Spurs’ under-21 head coach, is the grandson of club legend Cliff Jones.

The 83-year-old, who played his part in the 1961 double-winning side as well as the 1962 FA Cup and 1963 European Cup Winners Cup success, sent his best wishes to Tottenham’s new youth-team coach this week.

Jones said: “Congratulations to my grandson Matt Wells on being appointed Spurs under-18 coach.”

The fixtures for Tottenham’s 2018/19 under-18 Premier League season are set to be revealed some time later this month.