Robinson predicts Parker to reject offer as Tottenham interview lined up
Tottenham target Scott Parker would turn down the opportunity to manage England’s Under-21s to stay in club football.
That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 40-year-old’s future after Fulham’s relegation was confirmed on Monday.
This site revealed on Monday that Parker features prominently on the FA’s shortlist to succeed Aidy Boothroyd along with former Exeter and Bristol Rovers manager Paul Tisdale.
Football Insider understands Parker is also set to be interviewed for the vacant manager’s position at Tottenham.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a big fan of the Fulham boss and is championing his cause behind the scenes.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Parker’s options, Robinson said:
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“Spurs is a much more lucrative job and one that is a lot more appealing to a younger manager who wants to learn as quickly as possible.
“The Under-21s is a great job because there is a great stack of players coming through the ranks at the moment and the opportunity to develop these players is a special opportunity.
“There is always a frustration with international management at Under-21 though. You have to play with the hand you are dealt because there is no transfer market and if your players do well they get poached by the senior team.
“It is a frustrating job I imagine. It is completely different to club manager.
“What are Scott’s aspirations? I think he’d reject an Under-21s offer and rather stay in club management for now.”