Player of the Year when West Ham finished bottom of the Prem, whilst Nolan, whose goals fired Newcastle to safety in their first season back up, was overlooked, Parker wasn't interested in hanging around and playing in the Championship when we were relegated and refused to sign for any club other than Tottenham. We were over the proverbial barrel and forced to accept a cut price offer from Levy; but Scotty didn't care - he only signed that contract extension when wheeler dealer Redknapp spied a better deal for Van der Vaart at the last moment and Parker was left high and dry at West Ham with no other suitors.
How ironic, therefore, that just two seasons later, Parker is about to slip down into the second tier of English football as Spurs cut their losses on the circle spinning, all effort, no impact, Scotty The Most Overrated Player of the C21st Parker!
How many goals has Parker scored in his two seasons at Spurs? One I think. How many assists? It may be as many as three! What a joke.
Of course, those who seek to defend Parker will babble on about him being a holding midfielder and claim that his contribution in the offensive third is therefore irrelevant, but that is nonsense. Parker thinks he is a box to box player and his positional discipline is therefore poor. And for a 'holding midfielder', his tackling is shocking. How many times does he find himself on the wrong side of an opponent, diving into a tackle and conceding a free kick? Answer, far too often. How many times does he concede free kicks because of poor tackling technique? Answer, far too often. Anybody remember the penalty he conceded at Upton Park last season? Classic Scotty!
In truth, the guy is a master con man. He runs around a lot. He plays with passion and desire. He kisses the badge and the arses of the manager and the fans. But he is decidedly ordinary as a player.
That's why only Redknapp wants him. If he is as good as his admirers claim, why isn't there a queue of Premiership clubs looking to sign him? So why does Redknapp want him? Well Scotty is a family friend and will run through walls for 'Arry, not that running through walls helps win football games, but it looks impressive!
There are still many who regard Parker as a West Ham legend, but he was booed at the Boleyn last season, as an increasing number woke up to the fact that Parker had used us shamelessly to engineer his dream move to Spurs. Well, like Rob Green, he is about to get his just deserts. With Downing and Carroll joining West Ham to enhance their chances of playing in the World Cup in Brazil, Scotty and Rob can look forward to games at Yeovil, Bournemouth and Doncaster. Brilliant!