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Fulham midfielder Scott Parker believes he has got plenty more to achieve on the pitch with Fulham but, when the time comes, is keen to take a coaching role and today he told all to Tom Moore at London24.

The midfielder, who recently attained his UEFA A licence, has taken on board their messages and has been filtering out which ones he believes would work for him, such as the Chelsea manager's organisational skills and QPR boss' man-management and motivational techniques.

"At the moment, I think I've got plenty to do on the pitch," Parker said.

"I have a contract but I'm sure if something presents itself it'll be well worth looking at.

"I've had some really good managers and really bad managers. I've taken bits out of everyone.

"When I do take that step, I'll have my own ideas and my own philosophy and I'll stick with that."

He added: "It's something I'm interested in and I'm coming to that part of my career where I'm thinking about after football.

"It was a few years ago when I started my badges. It took me three, four years to get to the point I am now."

Parker has been taking some sessions with Fulham's youth teams and he is enjoying the challenge of getting his message across.

As captain, he is one of the caretaker manager Kit Symons' trusted lieutenants but he has not been asked to chip in on the training pitch.

"It's enjoyable," he added. "Kit speaks to me as one of the more senior players in the squad.

"I don't think I'm ready to coach the first team yet."

At the moment, the midfielder's primary role is to be a guide for Fulham's young squad as they navigate a tough 46-game season in the Championship.

He explained: "Being a senior player in such a young squad there is an onus on me to try and help the young guys whenever I can.

"I'm trying to help whether it's on the field or off the field along with a couple of other senior guys but we are a very young squad so I do as much as I can."

Parker started his career at Charlton before moving to Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham before arriving at Craven Cottage in the summer of 2013.

He made his Addicks debut in 1997 as a 16-year-old, as a substitute against Bury in the second tier of English football.

And the midfielder admitted that it was a different environment for a young player coming through the ranks and he had to work hard at his game to win respect from his team-mates.

"Nobody put their arm around me when I was growing up," he explained.

"It was a different mentality back then. It was very old school.

"I say that but there were senior pros like Mark Bright, John Barnes who were brilliant for me. They helped me a lot."

When Parker made that first appearance for Charlton, Fulham wonderkid Patrick Roberts was only six months old.

The 17-year-old has caught the eye of the likes of Liverpool during his fledgling career and the Whites will face a struggle to keep hold of their precocious young talent.

Parker has been impressed with Roberts but warned him that he has to maintain the right mentality as well as trusting the right people.

"I think Patrick's got a long way to go," the former England captain said.

"I'm sure he knows that and the people around him are telling him that really.

"He's an exceptional talent and with the right guidance and the right mentality, I'm sure he'll have a big future."

Another player that has benefited from Parker's guidance is Dan Burn.

The gigantic centre back has firmly established himself as Fulham's first choice centre back, despite looking as if he was not required in the early stages of the season.

"He's done very well," the Whites captain added. "At the beginning of the season he was probably told he wasn't going to play.

"He knuckled down and worked hard. He's a good player."

There is no doubt that Parker is someone who young players should look up to as a role-model - words such as solid, dependable and reliable come to mind in association with the midfielder.

Parker, who captained England against Holland in Stuart Pearce's only match in charge on February 29 2012, is not concerned by that description and believes his primary objective is to do what job his team want him to do.

"I think at times that's who I am," he admitted. "I realise my role in the team and what I need to do and what my job is really.

"I try and do that to the best of my ability for the team and everyone involved."

He added: "Hopefully there's plenty more to come. I'd like to think I've done pretty well.

"I've worked as hard as I can and got the most out of every bit of me and I think I've done well."

Parker's big task this season is to help ensure that Fulham's exile from the Premier League is confined to just one year.

The Whites are currently sitting in 20th place on 14 points after a dreadful start to the season that saw Felix Magath sacked in September.

Kit Symons took over as caretaker and has masterminded a recovery that has lifted the west Londoners out of the relegation zone; picking up 13 points from their last seven games and was rewarded with the permanent job on Wednesday evening.

Despite an inauspicious start, Fulham are only nine points off sixth placed Norwich and a further three behind leaders Derby.

Given the nature of the Championship, promotion, via any means, is still possible.

"Promotion is the main aim and hopefully we can help Fulham do that," Parker said on Monday, ahead of the announcement by the Whites. "It is early days but after our run of games and the wins we've had.

"You wouldn't write off promotion whether it be automatic or via the play-offs. It's starting to look a bit more realistic."

He added: "Results have picked up over the last few weeks.

"Confidence is pretty high and when you win games at the football club, that's what it's all about and makes the mood a lot better."

Symons is a popular figure at Craven Cottage and turned the atmosphere around from one of fear to one of excitement.

"I suppose when you win games it brings more happiness," Parker said.

"Kit has brought a different philosophy. It's a happier place and we're winning football matches.

"He's done a fantastic job in a short space of time and you can see that from the players and the way they're performing really."

Next up for Fulham is a trip to fellow slow starters Wigan and Parker knows that his side face a difficult encounter against Uwe Rosler's Latics.

He explained: "I think Wigan are a very good team with a good manager.

"It will be difficult to go to a team like Wigan but with the form we are on we'll look to get something out of the game. We're looking forward to it."






















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