Coach Allen discusses partnership of former Tottenham under-18 managers
PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 May 2019
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Scott Parker and Matt Wells, who have both managed Spurs’ youth-team over the last year, will hope to lead Fulham to promotion next season
Tottenham Hotspur coach Bradley Allen has provided an insight into Scott Parker and Matt Wells' close bond which started at Hotspur Way.
Next season the pair will be tasked with leading Fulham back into the Premier League after relegation at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
They first worked together at Spurs where Parker was in charge of the youth-team and was helped by Wells, who had been assistant to the late Ugo Ehiogu with Tottenham's under-23s.
Guiding the Whites to promotion from the Championship is a world away from working with the Lilywhites next generation, but Allen is positive they will succeed at Craven Cottage.
"Scott was hugely respected at Spurs and he will now be supported by another former academy coach in Matt Wells and Matt is someone I know well," Allen told this title.
"Matt is a very talented young coach and they bounce ideas off one another and there is a strong connection there. They'll work particular hard to try and get it right and they have shown that over the last few months.
"There looks to be more belief in the Fulham squad and hopefully they can carry that into the new campaign."
Parker left Hotspur Way in the summer, after a season as Spurs' under-18 boss, to join Slavisa Jokanovic's coaching set-up at Craven Cottage.
He eventually took charge of the first-team, after both Jokanovic and his successor Claudio Ranieri were sacked, and one of his first moves was to bring in Wells.
It would have been a tough decision to make for the grandson of the legendary Cliff Jones.
Wells was Tottenham's under-18 manager at the time and had been involved at the club for a number of years after failing to make the grade as a player.
However, the chance to be a coach in the Premier League was too good to turn down, despite the youth-team enjoying a stellar season.
Allen, who worked with the pair in Spurs' academy, added: "Matt's a very modern, ambitious young coach.
"I think he feels this move and step for him to join Scott at Fulham was the right one at this stage of his career and that is another wonderful thing that (Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development) John McDermott has done brilliantly well.
"The development from within at Tottenham of not only players, but coaching staff has been fantastic.
"Kieran McKenna is now at Manchester United and is one of the support staff there (first-team coach) and now you have Matt at Fulham.
"I think we take a keen interest in getting these young coaches to understand putting in the groundwork and foundations in their formative years is very important and then they can go on to bigger and better things."
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