Fulham boss Scott Parker would jump at the chance to take charge at Tottenham, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 40-year-old could not say no if Spurs made an approach.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Parker has emerged as a leading contender for the Tottenham job after several twists in the hunt for Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Spurs’ first choice Julian Nagelsmann has agreed to join Bayern Munich, while Brendan Rodgers has publicly distanced himself over a move.
As such, Spurs are considering other options and Parker is understood to be high up the shortlist.
He spent two years as a player in north London and kicked off his coaching career with Spurs’ under-18s.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Parker has come across really well on television. I’ve been really impressed.
“It was a horrible start, let’s face it, and then they started gradually to get a formula, get some tactics, a strategy, and they were getting results. That was nice to see that it was a coach’s influence to see Fulham recovering from that.
“They got a style of play and started slowly climbing up the table. He certainly made a good impression, despite relegation looming.
“The relegation looms, that’s never a good one on a manager’s CV but if you’ve not quite the quality other people have got, that’s a good reason.
“If you’ve made an impression like Parker has, then would Spurs go forward with a young, inexperienced manager? He’s inexperienced, like Frank Lampard going from Derby.
“Frank was only a year in football and went to Chelsea. If one of your ex clubs comes calling for you, you don’t say no.”
Parker made 63 appearances for Spurs before leaving to join Fulham in 2013.
He has taken charge of 101 games during his time as manager at Craven Cottage.