Parker uncertain if he will be managing at 74 like 'incredible' Roy Hodgson

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England manager Roy Hodgson relays instructions to Scott Parker (centre) and Ashley Cole (right)
England manager Roy Hodgson relays instructions to Scott Parker (centre) and Ashley Cole (right)

SCOTT Parker said he ate, slept and drank his job at Cherries – but admitted he did not know whether he would still be in management like Roy Hodgson, at the age of 74.

Former England boss Hodgson was announced as the new Watford manager this week, returning to extend his illustrious run at the top level.

The Croydon-born coach has managed 1,213 games during his 46-year managerial tenure, including taking charge of England squads which included Cherries supremo Parker.

Having previously worked at Fulham, Parker is set to take charge of his 136th senior game in the dugout when Cherries make the trip to Barnsley in the Championship tomorrow (3pm).

Asked whether he could ever still see himself in management at 74, the 41-year-old Cherries boss said: “I don’t know. Look, I absolutely love what I do. I absolutely love every bit of it and I eat, sleep and drink my job.

“I’m not sure I’m going to be there at 74! But I don’t know, like anything you become addicted don’t you? And you have the bug.

“All of a sudden it comes out your life and it’s like you lose a bit of purpose, or a bit of drive. That could be the case, no doubt.

“I wouldn’t want to say no because if I’m still sitting here you will probably remind me! So, we will see.”

Parker played seven times for England under Hodgson, including at the 2012 European Championship.

Speaking about the return of the former Crystal Palace and Fulham boss, Parker said: “Amazing, unbelievable. I was only saying that when I saw Roy got appointed at 74 years of age.

“An incredible man really. To think that operating at this level, the real high-end cutting edge of it, the stresses and everything else that comes with it.

“Dealing with a younger generation, no disrespect to Roy, but a younger generation which are very different to probably when he first started out.

“It shows the flexibility and talent of someone like Roy who can obviously adapt himself, become new in his ways and new in his processes and everything else, says a lot.

“Even more so, what is more impressive is he just doesn’t want to chill a little bit, play a little bit of golf and relax. That’s even more amazing.”

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