Scott Parker could be set for a return to management just weeks following his Bournemouth sacking – with a position vacant in Ligue 1.
French club Nice is a reported option for the former Cherries boss – a club that reportedly Mauricio Pochettino turned down.
Parker, who was axed by Bournemouth last month after losing three out of the opening four Premier League matches despite helping them achieve promotion, is linked with a job at the French club as a possible replacement for esteemed coach Lucien Favre.
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According to Foot Mercato, Parker is on the club’s radar – as Favre, who replaced Christophe Galtier in the summer, is becoming under increasing pressure, with the side in 13th spot in Ligue 1 after the opening eight matches. They have won just two games and lost four.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Ross Barkley, Nicolas Pepe, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Kasper Schmeichel have joined the club – with Iain Moody, former sporting director at Crystal Palace, taking charge of the side's recruitment on an interim basis. It is thought that Moody and Favre have disagreed over certain transfers.
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Indeed, it was previously claimed that former Tottenham manager Pochettino was to hold talks. The Argentine’s most recent role was with Paris Saint-Germain, but he was let go in July.
But Foot Mercato say he s unlikely to accept the job at this point – even though Nice were willing to meet his salary expectations. He is holding out for a Premier League return with an eye on winning trophies, though it’s not clear at which club that will be yet.
As a result, the French news outlet has declared that Parker is being eyed up, with his name being suggested by Nice's external advisor Iain Moody.
Though it hasn't been said whether Nice and Parker have held talks over the position as of yet.
It is believed that Parker is currently just on Nice's managerial shortlist as they decide whether to remove Favre in the near future.
With league leaders PSG next up for Nice after the international break, a decision could be made sooner rather than later.
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