Emile Heskey has been left scratching his head at reports linking Fulham coach Scott Parker with a return to Tottenham Hotspur as Jose Mourinho’s replacement, speaking exclusively to HITC.
This is no disrespect at all to one of the most rapidly improving managers in English football.
After guiding Fulham to glory in the play-off final last summer, 40-year-old Parker deserves huge praise for the way he has transformed the Cottagers from top-flight whipping boys into a genuinely competitive Premier League outfit.
Fulham’s season is still likely to end in relegation but Parker will rise from the ashes with plenty of credit in the bank.
His side have taken four points off Liverpool, gave Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City one hell of a scare and, back in January, handed Mourinho’s Tottenham side a footballing lesson on their own North London soil.
But, despite reports from the Mail suggesting that Spurs could put their faith in Parker as they look to rebuild the walls from the foundations, Heskey feels this would be a classic case of ‘too much, too soon’.
“For me, I think its too soon for Scott Parker. Don’t get me wrong, he’s done phenomenal with Fulham in the way they play. They are actually an exciting team to watch at times,” says the former Liverpool and England striker.
“But to go from their relegation fight to suddenly being in what should be a top six team, it’s baffling.”
Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers, Nuno Espirito Santo and Julian Nagelsmann have also been linked.
Football Italia, meanwhile, claim that talks have taken place between Tottenham and the agent of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Heskey, however, wonders if an outspoken Neapolitan would be a good fit for a Spurs squad who need time to recover from Mourinho-inflicted PTSD.
“When you’re looking at trophies and what people have won, I think (Sarri’s) name would be thrown in there,” Heskey adds.
“But you have to be careful who you pick for the types of players you have now, who don’t really take to certain ways of coaching and certain styles of man-management.”