Radio pundit Simon Jordan has called Scott Parker out for comments about Fulham’s game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.
Fulham have replaced Aston Villa as Spurs’ opponents tonight after a coronavirus outbreak at Bodymoor Heath forced them to postpone their scheduled clash with Jose Mourinho’s side.
Villa’s game against Everton on Sunday, which was pushed back from Saturday evening to noon the following day, is also in doubt with the club’s Bodymoor training centre still closed.
Last week it was revealed that an outbreak of Covid-19, which saw nine players and five coaching staff test positive, had hit Villa ahead of their preparations for Friday’s FA Cup visit of Liverpool.
Under-23s manager Mark Delaney stood in for Dean Smith and Villa’s youngsters were beaten 4-1 by Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions with the hosts fielding a team of youth players with the first team in isolation.
One of the effects of Villa’s outbreak has been on Fulham, who saw their game against Spurs last month called off because of the coronavirus.
On Monday the League confirmed that Fulham would replace Villa as Spurs’ opponents, a decision Craven Cottage boss Parker branded ‘scandalous’ given the lack of notice and whether the same situation would be afflicted on another club.
Now talkSPORT presenter Jordan, a former Crystal Palace owner, has offered his thoughts on the situation and slammed Parker.
He said: “That is an argument that gets trotted out all the time isn’t it? And one you can never really defeat because unless top sides get put into that situation, you will never know that answer.
“I am in the Mourinho camp but I think he is also very adept at playing the media and reading the room at times, so he will come up with the right temperature for what he wants to say.
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“But my reaction to Parker was ‘oh shut up’. It’s less than ideal, we all know it but shut up and get on with it.
“If you want some adversity, open a window and look out of the real world because you don’t have the vaguest idea what adversity is.
“You have to play two games in four days. Boo hoo and get on with it.
“Why not just say ‘it’s less than ideal but we are where we are. Wouldn’t that be more helpful?
“Wouldn’t that send out a better message that the football industry really does understand that it is crap for everybody?”
“I just think that sometimes managers have to grow up and realise the responsibilities that they have.”
Spurs play Fulham tonight (8.15pm).