So now that Fulham have promoted Scott Parker to ‘Head Coach’ having been in the ‘Caretaker Manager’ role since February, replacing Claudio Ranieri, we thought we’d give you a brief rundown of Scott’s football career to date.
Scott Parker enjoyed a successful playing career with six different Premier League clubs before going into coaching.
A Charlton Athletic academy graduate, Scott made his professional debut in 1997 and went on to make 368 Premier League appearances, over 18 seasons, for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham.
Scott won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in the 2010/11 campaign, his first season with Spurs.
Charlton Athletic – 1997-2004
Scott began his career at Charlton Athletic after graduating from Lilleshall and made his first-team debut against Bury (First Division) on the 23rd August 1997.
In October 2000 Scott was loaned to Norwich City for a couple of months, on returning to the Valley he was called into the first team to replace the injured Mark Kinsella.
Chelsea – 2004-05
January 2004 Scott signs for Chelsea on four and a half year contract for a reported £10 million fee.
Scott’s only goal was scored in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
At the end of the 2003-04 season he was named ‘PFA Young Player of the Year’.
Scott found it difficult to break into a regular first team spot however, he was a regular starter in League Cup matches where he played in three consecutive victories against West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham, Scott would play for all three teams later in his career.
Newcastle United – 2005-07
July 2005 Scott joined Newcastle Utd for £6.5 million where he became a first team regular.
Scott’s first goal came on 25th March 2006 in a 3-1 defeat to Charlton.
In July 2006 he was made captain by manager Glenn Roeder. His first goal as Captain was against Wigan Athletic, his second came against Fulham, September 2006, after he was substituted Newcastle conceded 2 goals and lost the match.
West Ham United – 2007-11
June 2007 Scott signed for West Ham United for a £7 million fee.
His first goal was a last minute winner against Middlesborough on 22nd December 2007.
2008-09 Scott was voted ‘Hammer of the Year’ by the clubs supporters and became the first player since Julian Dicks to retain the award after winning again in May 2010.
Tottenham Hotspur – 2011-13
August 2011 Scott joins Spurs for a reported fee of £5.5 million.
Scott did not score for Spurs.
Signing for Spurs gave Scott the unique record? of playing for clubs in North, East, South and West London in the Premier League.
At the end of his first season Scott was named ‘Player of the Year’
Fulham – 2013-17
August 2013 Scott joined on a three year contract with fulham for an undisclosed fee and went on to make 128 appearances in three seasons.
Scott scored his first goal against Swansea City in a 1-2 loss at the Cottage.
Fulham were relegated at the end of the season and Scott retired from playing in June 2017.
Whilst at Fulham, Parker completed his UEFA badges and coached for the Fulham FC Academy.
Scott has represented England at every level from under-16 to the senior team.
Scott retired from playing in 2017, taking up a coaching role with Spurs’ Under-18 side.
A year later, Parker made the next step in his coaching career, joining Slavisa Jokanovic’s first-team coaching staff at Fulham.
He was reunited with Ranieri, the man who signed him for Chelsea in 2003, following Jokanovic’s departure on 14 November 2018.