Jose Mourinho still has the same charisma at Spurs as he had at Chelsea, says Scott Parker

Parker is relishing the chance to go up against his former manager

Mourinho recently celebrated his first anniversary in charge of Spurs and had them top earlier this season before a decline in form.

Even when Tottenham were at the summit a constant debate surrounded the style of play being used, which has been in contrast to previous teams at the club.

Parker played under Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Rafael van Der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor, with a gung-ho approach adopted to good effect.

The one-time England captain added: “It was just the way we were playing in that moment.

“Harry was that sort of guy as well in terms of allowing a freeness and we had a very good team then. It was full of top quality players and we had some free spirits like Van Der Vaart, Modric, Adebayor – so real off-the-cuff players.

“Everyone has their different styles and you have to accommodate those. Like earlier when I was asked about coming away from our principles, you adapt styles to certain ways so that is what that Tottenham team were back then when I played in it.”

Mourinho remains one of the greatest managers of his generation, but Parker’s big influence has been John McDermott, the former head of academy coaching and player development at Spurs.

It was McDermott who convinced the Fulham manager to start his coaching badges while he was a player at Tottenham and he also handed the 40-year-old his first job after retirement when he was appointed the club’s under-18 head coach.

He is now involved at the Football Association and therefore will not be present to witness his apprentice return to N17 or the likes of Matt Wells, Rob Burch and Nathan Gardiner, who all spent time with the Lilywhites before becoming part of Parker’s coaching staff at Craven Cottage.

“John had a massive influence on everyone,” Parker said. “He was the one who pushed me into coaching.

“I then went back into the club after I retired and I was with him in the under-18s. He has been incredible for all of us in terms of nurturing and everything.

“The team I have around me now, we are looking forward to going back. We spent a large part of our professional years at that club, so we are looking forward to going back there and it will be special for us all.”


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