Scott Parker admits to not knowing all the players and being unfamiliar with Belgian league as he prepares to lead Club Brugge in the Champions League

    Scott Parker has admitted that he is unfamiliar with the Club Brugge squad and the Belgian league amid his recent appointment.

    The former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder’s previous job was at Bournemouth, but he was sacked in August following the 9-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Parker has found a new challenge in Belgium following his Bournemouth axing

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    Parker has found a new challenge in Belgium following his Bournemouth axing

    Parker has been able to find a new position though, this time at Belgian champions and Champions League outfit Brugge.

    However, the 42-year-old has revealed that the Belgian First Division is something new to him, as well as his new squad of players.

    Speaking in his press conference, he said: “Over the course of it, in terms of the football club, I understand it.

    “In terms of the league, probably not as much. But certainly as a football club and Club Brugge, totally understand what it was about with big history.

    “The team and where it sits at the moment in terms of real detail in the squad, I think it would probably be a little bit unfair of me, and certainly it will be not with the biggest amount of knowledge as such.

    “I have an understanding of individuals and players but I wouldn’t really want to comment at this moment in time regarding that really.”

    Parker was axed by the Cherries following their 9-0 defeat to Liverpool at the end of August

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    Parker was axed by the Cherries following their 9-0 defeat to Liverpool at the end of August

    Despite the unfamiliarity with his new surroundings, Parker is looking forward to the challenge.

    He remarked: “I’m excited, I really like the look of the team, I like the look of the individuals, and the team have done very well for large parts.”

    Brugge are currently fourth in the top-flight of Belgian football and 12 points off leaders Genk.

    They are also through to the Champions League Round of 16 and will face Benfica in February in the hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

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