Parker admits he is 'not sure' over Club Brugge future

Scott Parker admits he is ‘not sure’ if he will still be manager of Club Brugge by Sunday following humiliating 5-1 defeat by Benfica… with the Belgian club ‘wanting former boss Alfred Schreuder to return as a replacement’

  • Scott Parker is unsure if he has taken charge of his last game at Club Brugge
  • The English manager has only been at the club just over two months
  • But latest Champions League defeat in Lisbon has only piled on the pressure  

Scott Parker admits he may have taken charge of his last game at Club Brugge after they were thrashed by Benfica in the Champions League.

The former England international saw the Belgian club beaten 5-1 at the Estadio da Luz on their way to a 7-1 aggregate loss in the last-16 and pile more pressure on the struggling manager.

Parker only took control of the club at the very end of 2022 but in 12 matches in charge he has only recorded two victories along with six draws.

When asked post-match if he would still be in charge by Sunday, the under 42-year-old admitted he was ‘not sure’, with speculation over his position having already previously arisen.

‘I’m not sure, I’m not in control of that,’ he said post match. ‘I understand why you ask me that question. It’s been aimed at me for some weeks now. Now that momentum has picked up. I can’t really control that.

Scott Parker admits his position as Club Brugge boss is uncertain after another defeat

Parker’s side were thrashed 5-1 by Benfica to seal their Champions League exit on Tuesday

‘I’m not in a power position to understand it and you are asking probably the wrong person in that what I am is fully committed in trying to turn that corner around and that’s what I’ll do.’

Parker’s position is not aided by reports in Belgian linking former boss Alfred Schreuder with a return to the club.

The Dutchman took control of the side only 14 months ago, leading them to title glory with 15 wins and just two defeats across all competitions in his 21 games in charge.

He was poached by Ajax last summer but couldn’t reproduce his magic leading to his sacking in January, and Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad now claim the club want him back following a ‘miscast’ of Parker.

Parker, who was axed by Bournemouth earlier this season, has support during his current struggles, having previously earned two promotions with the Cherries and Fulham and has backing from his former Chelsea team-mate Joe Cole.

Former Brugge boss Alfred Schreuder has been linked with a return to the Belgian side

Parker has support from former Chelsea and England team-mate Joe Cole, both pictured in training for the national side in February 2003

‘You’re rooting for him, he’s an Englishman, he’s a great lad Scott,’ the former England international told BT Sport.

‘He’s won promotions out of the Championship and he’s sitting their twiddling his thumbs out of work and Club Brugge have called him and he’s took the job on. 

‘It’s brave and bold. It hasn’t worked out as yet. It’s a tough job it’s another country, a different language. 

‘We need more young coaches like Scott who can go out there and give it a go and he’ll be back if he does lose his job, I’m sure he’ll be back and become a top, top manager.’

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