Scott Parker
Parker says he would like to enter management when he retires.

Scott Parker says that after football he would seriously consider entering into management, with the Tottenham midfielder admitting that the allure of football has been indelibly stamped on his mind.

Parker has played through many highs and lows in his footballing career, spending time at Chelsea and Newcastle before finding his feet at West Ham.

When the side were relegated in 2011, he made the step up to Tottenham, and helping the north London club achieve their goal of Champions League football has given him inspiration to set a goal for himself.

"It's what I think I'd be good at," he told the Daily Telegraph when asked about going into management.

"There's a tactical side to it and that's relevant but if you can manage players and how they are and how they feel - I think that's how you get the best out of them and that's why I want to go into management.

"I've seen managers who are brilliant on the training pitch, with their tactics but are not so good at dealing with players and understanding their needs.

"I think my experience with different managers helps and I have a good understanding of what I feel you need to do to become a very good manager and build the best team."

Parker is 32, and is now getting regular mentions for the England side as well as playing an integral part in the Tottenham squad.

And the former Charlton youth-man says that 'football is in the blood' when asked if he'd be concerned about the pressure put on managers to deliver.

"It's a bug. We beat Arsenal and the changing room is the happiest it can be, then we play Liverpool and we lose. You are up, then you are down. I'm sure as a manager it's the same. There's only one guarantee, of course, and you will get the sack. But it's something I really want to get into."

Parker also revealed that Andre Villas-Boas has had a very positive influence over his development this season, insisting that the Portuguese tactician is one of the best managers he's worked with.

He explained: "Even our fans were a little bit 'is he the right man?'. But he's turned everyone around. He's done fantastically well. Since he's been here he's been a credit to himself, he's building a team, built a very good team spirit.

"He's very open, his man-management is very good, he speaks to the players very well, he's very well organised. As a player the one thing you want above all from a manager is that he's straight with you and he's very honest."