‘The Special One could prove to be good for Ireland’s Special One’

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has not even lobbed a verbal grenade in a post-match interview and the fear is that he could blow up Troy Parrott’s Spurs career.The striker has seriously enhanced his reputation — if that were possible — in the past ten days with two fine performances for two very different Irish sides.1 Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland celebratesCredit: SportsfileThe Dubliner did not look out of place on his senior debut against New Zealand last week and then scored a brilliant goal on Under-21 duty against Sweden.Replaced in Tallaght on Tuesday, he earned a standing ovation and walked off the pitch to learn that his club gaffer Mauricio Pochettino had been sacked.He was unavailable for interviews following the game but was surely wondering, like everyone else, what it would mean for him.It is far too early to suggest that the Portuguese gaffer’s arrival is bad news for the Parrott.Poch did appear to rate the 17-year-old — but rarely gave him a first-team shot.ONLY ONE APPEARANCEThe ex-Belvedere man’s only senior appearance this season was the League Cup defeat to Colchester in September, and he was replaced after 66 minutes.His only appearance on the bench was against Everton three weeks ago and that was because Harry Kane was injured.Similar to Under-21 colleague Adam Idah, Parrott is highly rated, meaning he is with the first-team rather than youth set-ups but is not high enough up the pecking order to actually play.It means he’s made just five appearances for Spurs across all levels this season.PROMOTE YOUTHThe ex-Manchester United gaffer is understood to have told Spurs he wants to promote youth.Mourinho is considered to be a chequebook manager but he now has six weeks before he can start flashing the cash.And Parrott has the attributes that the Portuguese usually admires.He may just 17 but the frontman is 6ft tall, can bully defenders with his power, evade them with his pace or fool them with his quick feet. Of course, he also has an eye for a goal.As Under-21 boss Kenny has shown, he can also play in different roles — such as advanced midfield and left wing — when Spurs tend to only used him as a No 9.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubMourinho is likely to stick with Kane as his main striker but Parrott’s versatility could get him a chance in the first team.And does it not sound like the most Mourinho thing ever to give Parrott his wings and then point out it was he, rather than Poch, who did it?The Special One could prove to be good for Ireland’s Special One.last_img read more