In his first press conference as head coach of Club Brugge, Scott Parker said he is looking forward to the challenge at the blue and black. Parker was asked a number of questions by the press about his decision to move to Belgium and take over the role at the defending champions. He was asked whether or not the Champions League success was a factor in him joining the club, to which he replied that there was more to it than just the chance to coach in the premier European competition.
Parker was also asked whether or not he was difficult following his dismissal from Bournemouth, to which the former Tottenham midfielder replied ‘I’m not difficult’.
The Englishman said he was looking forward to working with a young squad and developing those young players into reaching their potential. Parker was keen to emphasise that player development is one of his strongest attributes and something he will bring to the role.
When asked about tactical approach, the former Fulham and Bournemouth manager talked about wanting to dominate possession and bring ‘one million percent’ commitment form himself and the squad. The press also asked him about what he knew of both the club and league before his appointment. Parker admitted he did not know much about the league, but understood the history that Club Brugge has.
Parker was not the clubs first choice. Instead, the former Bournemouth and Fulham manager was third, behind Danish national coach Kasper Hjulmand and Steven Gerrard. Both Hjulmand and former Rangers and Aston Villa boss Gerrard were not interested in taking up the role with the defending Belgian champions.