Scott Parker is in no rush to return to the dugout as he takes stock of his coaching career after Bournemouth sacked…
- Bournemouth sacked Parker after their 9-0 defeat to Liverpool in August
- Former England midfielder had them guided back to the Premier League
- Parker, 42, hasn’t rushed to take another job while reflecting on his career
- But he admits that “when the time is right” he will be lured back to the dugout.
Scott Parker will only return to football management ‘when the time is right’ after his dismissal by Bournemouth, just four games into their Premier League return.
The former England midfielder, 42, was sacked three days after the Cherries were beaten 9-0 by Liverpool at Anfield at the end of August after guiding them back to the top last season.
Parker admitted he needed downtime due to the intensity of the football and said Sunday afternoon’s clash between Chelsea and Arsenal, where he served as manager for BT Sport, was his first live game since his sacking.
Scott Parker said he is in no rush to get back into the dugout after being fired from Bournemouth
Parker was sacked after Bournemouth lost 9-0 to Liverpool in their fourth league game
He said it was a good time to look back on his first three years as manager, having gone straight into coaching after retiring from Fulham in 2017.
He said: ‘I’ve been away for a few months now, spent some time with the family and probably haven’t played much football.
“I’m excited about today, as always you come to these stadiums, you get the buzz and the blood starts flowing again.
“I was twenty years old as a player and three years I went straight into management, with a few promotions and a little success, but it was in the thick of it.
Parker is harassed after guiding Bournemouth back to the Premier League last season
“So it’s time to take stock a little bit. I enjoy my time, a lot of things that I probably couldn’t do because of sheer routine and especially going from a player to a manager the last three years if you’re more flexible has been pretty hectic actually.
“I enjoy the little bits with the kids, where you can go and watch them play football. Still learning, and this is part of it now.
“But of course that’s what I’ve known ever since and it’s in our blood. When the time is right and the right opportunity presents itself, I would doubtless want to come back to it.”
Parker’s former club Bournemouth have lost their last four Premier League games
On life without football, Parker added: “It was something I was always afraid of to be honest, which is why I started my coaching badges very early.
“I was with the Spurs and started my badges at age 30, probably because of that fear in me that since I was a young boy on an estate and all I ever really knew was football and it was that fear of wanting to continue.” go and do something.
“I have to admit since I got out and probably just saw the other side of it.
“When you’re in the rat race – whatever we do in life, we’re in a rat race – and certainly sometimes the intense nature of what football management entails, sometimes you lose sight of things.
‘I have four young sons and they are not getting any younger, they are getting older. Time is truly invaluable.
“As soon as I say that, there’s a driving ambition that gets you up in the morning.”