HLN have revealed that newly appointed Club Brugge head coach Scott 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.
Club Brugge announced Parker as their new head coach yesterday following the sacking of Carl Hoefkens a few days before. Pressure had been mounting on Hoefkens following an inconsistent domestic season, with his success in the Champions League not being enough to save him.
Former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Parker began his managerial career with Fulham in 2019. He was unable to save the side from relegation, but did guide them straight back into the Premier League the following season. He was unable to keep them in the Premier league and was sacked at the end of the 2020/2021 season.
The former England international then took over at Bournemouth, guiding them to promotion in the 2021/2022 season. Parker only managed the club until August when he was replaced by Gary O’Neil.