Scott Parker takes up role at Soccerex conference with Manchester United

The ex-Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Scott Parker has taken up a role with the Soccerex football trade and diversity summit in Manchester.

The 38-year-old retired from professional football in 2014 with 297 senior caps from his nine-year professional career. Parker was a teenage player with United at the turn of the century and went on to have a brief spell at Chelsea, before spending time at Aston Villa and West Ham. He returned to Old Trafford briefly in 2010 before seeing out his career at Crystal Palace.

Parker trained with United’s under-21s on Monday and will receive training from coaches who are experts in the domestic football distribution system.

“It’s fantastic to be able to link back with Manchester United – a club that means so much to me,” Parker said. “I’ve known for a few months that I’m going to be here for three weeks, but it’s a good way to get back into coaching and it’s fantastic that I’ll be working with Manchester United, a club that I played for and a club that means so much to me.

“When you see the state the facilities are in, in terms of the ice-skating rink, practice pitches and the way the club approaches recruitment and that kind of thing, it’s got a huge global reach. So it’s going to be fantastic for the club and the industry.

“Manchester United is really committed to getting more black and minority ethnic people into positions of influence in football and that’s a great legacy for me to get involved in.”

Manchester United’s manager, José Mourinho, added: “Scott is an extremely important member of our coaching staff who has a wealth of experience to offer the development of young players, particularly from less privileged backgrounds.”

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