Thierry Henry picks out four Premier League managers he admires with big names missing out

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Thierry Henry feels a few managers ‘speak to him’ with their style of play (Picture: Getty Images)

Thierry Henry has picked out Graeme Potter, Marcelo Bielsa, Pep Guardiola and Scott Parker as four Premier League managers he admires for their style of play, saying their efforts ‘speak to him’ more than others.

The Arsenal legend picked out Parker for special praise as he sticks to his principles of playing it out from the back, even when this inevitably means conceding goals at times in the heat of a relegation battle.

Parker’s side are still in the relegation zone, but 18th and just two points behing Newcastle who are currently safe.

Recent wins over Liverpool, Everton and Sheffield United have given the Cottagers a great chance of survival and even in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, Henry was impressed by Parker’s tactics.

The Frenchman was initially asked if he admired the work of Brighton manager Potter, but after praising the Leeds and Manchester City bosses, had most to say about Parker.

‘Yes I do [admire Graham Potter], like Bielsa, like Pep, like Scott Parker,’ Henry said on Sky Sports.

‘Like the other day, he tried to play out from the back, conceded two goals out of it but in the first half he was getting pressed because he was being brave against Man City, like the way he went about it at Liverpool.

‘Yes, you’re going to concede goals like that because it’s how you play.

‘Other teams that kick the ball in the stand or refuse to play concede goals because they invite pressure.

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Scott Parker’s Fulham side are fighting hard against relegation (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It is what it is. This is how he likes to play, this speaks volumes to me.

‘I’m not saying other coaches are not good, I’m just saying this speaks a bit more to me because this is what I like to see.’

Fulham have a tricky next few games as they take on Leeds, Aston Villa, Wolves, Arsenal and Chelsea in their next five, but will be confident after impressive recent results.

The final game of the season sees the west London outfit host Newcastle and that could be a dramatic finale to the relegation scrap.

Parker insisted he took plenty of positives away from the defeat to Manchester City and will learn from mistakes that led to goals.

‘There are massive positives,’ he said. ‘People may look at the way the goals were conceded but if you try to take a team on like Manchester City there are risks that come from that.

‘We fell short. Overall I’m very pleased.

‘Big test now. Our season won’t be defined against a side like Man City. Now as always, we re-group, learn from the mistakes, take the positives and go again.’

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