Ray Parlor reacts to shocking name linked with Tottenham job

Ray Parlor has warned Vincent Kompany about possibly “jumping ship” and taking over as Tottenham Hotspur manager because he has a “project” at Burnley, he told talkSPORT Breakfast (13/03/23).

The Highbury legend added that he can see Kompany managing Manchester City ‘in a few years’ rather than taking the reins at Tottenham.

The 36-year-old is about to help Burnley achieve promotion to the Premier League in what is his first job in English football after retiring.

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The former Anderlecht manager is 17 points clear at the top of the Championship table with the Clarets, not only chasing promotion but also a record and possibly reaching over 100 points.



All of this has seen the former centre-back attract interest from those already in England’s top flight, with surprise claims that Spurs could be eyeing the Belgian to replace Antonio Conte if he leaves in the summer.

talkSPORT presenter Alan Brasil told Ray Parlor that he too heard that rumor and this was the former Premier League star’s response.

“Who told you?” Hall asked. “It was Conte, he called him,” laughs the former Arsenal midfielder. “There was no point in telling us that, so you don’t tell us who he is. What sources do you have? He wasn’t your dog, was he?

“He (Kompany) has done a great job. I like the loyalty of some managers. Burnley have given him the chance to run their club and you don’t want to jump ship right away for a higher role. He now he has a project.

“You can see him being the manager of Man City. He will be the manager of Man City in a few years.

British former professional soccer player Ray Parlor, who played for Arsenal, smiles during his visit to Addis Ababa December 14, 2015. Parlor was visiting to encourage grassroots soccer by meeting students from various soccer projects in Ethiopia, including one at the Ethiopian Sports Academy. / AFP / ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP via Getty Images)


It’s not just the crazy consistent results that Kompany is putting out as Burnley boss, but the manner of the performances and the complete change in style of play at the club.

Burnley are used to being direct and aggressive in their play, but watching the team at Turf Moor now is more Barcelona than Barnet.

In terms of profile, Kompany suits what Manchester City would want when they eventually look to replace Pep Guardiola in the future, and with his current contract expiring in 2025, perhaps the former centre-back will be ready by then because he’s on an upward trajectory.

In other news, Tottenham transfer news: Spurs refuse to back out of £35m deal for relegation-threatened goalkeeper


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