SCOTT PARKER is set to make his first-ever Champions League appearance next month and fans are all saying the same thing.
The former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder was appointed as the new manager of Club Brugge earlier this week.
He has replaced Carl Hoefkens, who was sacked on Wednesday after a poor start to the Belgian Pro League season.
Parker has only ever played or managed club football in England, but he will get his first taste of action on the continent when Brugge take on Genk in the league next week.
He will then lead the Blue-Blacks into the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 fixture against Benfica.
The occasion will mark his competition debut as he never made a European appearance as a player.
Fans have been left in shock at the thought, with many highlighting that Parker will be managing in the Champions League before table-topping Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
One person tweeted: “Scott Parker is gonna be managing in the Champions League before Mikel Arteta!”
Another added: “Scott Parker is managing in the champions league before Arteta no way.”
A third said: “If you need any sort of new year motivation then just remember Scott Parker will manage a game in the champions league this year. Anything is possible.”
While a fourth joked: “There’s landing on your feet, and there’s Scott Parker parachuting straight into the knockout stages of the Champions League.”
Parker was sacked by Bournemouth in August, just four games into the 2022-23 Premier League season.
His departure came three days after the Cherries lost 9-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
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