Parker, Potter among the Prem managers Henry ‘admires’

Thierry Henry has praised the likes of Scott Parker and Graham Potter for the jobs that they are doing in the Premier League.

Parker took his first step to management in February 2019 as he took over from Claudio Ranieri. As a caretaker, he won three of his nine games before the end of the season as Fulham were relegated.

The former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder was given the job permanently ahead of the 2019/20 season. He helped the Cottagers to promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs.

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Fulham were written off by many onlookers after a disappointing start back in the Premier League. But Parker has overseen an impressive rebuild since then.

Parker’s men are now just two points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United, who have dropped off significantly since the turn of the year.

Potter meanwhile continues to do good work with Brighton. His first job was with Swedish outfit Ostersund. After guiding them into the Europa League group stages, he became the new Swansea manager in 2018.

The Swans finished tenth in the Championship in his only season there before he took over at Brighton. Potter kept them up last season and they currently sit 16th in the table with ten games to go.

Speaking during Monday Night Football, as cited by The Metro, Henry named Parker and Potter as two of four managers that he admires currently in the Premier League:

‘Yes, I do [admire Graham Potter], like Bielsa, like Pep, like Scott Parker.

“Like the other day, he tried to play out from the back, conceded two goals out of it but in the first half he was getting pressed because he was being brave against Man City, like the way he went about it at Liverpool.

“Yes, you’re going to concede goals like that because it’s how you play. Other teams that kick the ball in the stand or refuse to play concede goals because they invite pressure.

“It is what it is. This is how he likes to play, this speaks volumes to me. I’m not saying other coaches are not good, I’m just saying this speaks a bit more to me because this is what I like to see.”

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