Fulham manager believes that Mourinho still carries his unique qualities as a top-level coach.
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’s match against Chelsea will be the first time Parker faces Mourinho as a rival and it’s a crucial match for the Cottagers as they have fallen into the league’s relegation zone with 11 points from their 15 matches. Parker has praised Jose Mourinho but says his side won’t be an easy opponent for the Spurs.
“It only felt like yesterday when I was a player under Jose and now I’ll stand in the technical area with him, albeit a few years under him in terms of being in this job, so his experience is far superior.
“It is an occasion I am relishing and looking forward to and I can’t wait to meet up with him again and get my team to pit their wits against a very good opposition.”
Asked about his opinion on Jose Mourinho, Parker responded:
“He had charisma about him which we all see now,
“He came into Chelsea and brought new ideas and certainly they were ideas that probably a lot of us in that squad had never seen.
“His training methods, his organisation and he himself brings a big personality and charisma, so that is exactly how I see him.
“I was only in Jose’s company for a year, but nothing but fond memories and even now when I’ve bumped into him, he has got something about him that we all see. As a manager it speaks for itself what he has done in the game.”
The 40-year-old remembers his time at Spurs where he played as a midfielder under Harry Redknapp.
“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.”