Garry Parker (born 7 September 1965) is an English former professional footballer. He is currently the assistant coach at Scottish Premiership club Hibernian.
As a player, he was a midfielder from 1983 to 2001, notably in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Leicester City. He also played for Luton Town and Hull City.
He was capped by his country at under-21 and B international level. In 2001, he became caretaker manager of Leicester City.
Parker initially played in Division One (now Premier League) for Luton Town. He made his debut aged 17 against Manchester United in May 1983 and played in the FA Cup semi final defeat to Everton in 1985 as a 19 year old, before moving to Hull City, managed by his former Luton skipper Brian Horton, the following season.
He was a first-team regular at Hull, a Division Two side, and attracted the attention of Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest, who paid £260,000 for his services in March 1988. Initially he struggled to make his mark, not debuting for Forest until the end of April 1988, but the following season he became a regular on the left wing and won a Football League Cup winners medal with victory over his former club Luton Town. Forest also won the Simod Cup that season with a 4-3 win over Everton, with Parker scoring twice, the second of which involved running half the length of Wembley with the ball at his feet. Other important Cup goals that season came in the League Cup semi-final win over Bristol City and the only goal of Forest's FA Cup quarter final victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Parker was in the Forest team on duty at the Hillsborough disaster and also in the rescheduled semi-final at Old Trafford, which Forest lost to Liverpool.
Forest sold England midfielder Neil Webb to Manchester United in the summer of 1989, and despite buying Ireland international John Sheridan as a perceived replacement, Parker was moved into his favoured central midfield position for the next season and Sheridan was quickly sold on. He received a second League Cup winners medal as Forest retained the trophy with victory over Oldham Athletic in 1990, a team that included Parker's former Luton and Hull teammate Frankie Bunn.
After two losing FA Cup semi-finals in his career, Parker finally reached the final with Forest in 1991 and was the victim of a notorious chest-high challenge by Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paul Gascoigne in the first minute of the final at Wembley. Forest eventually lost the game 2-1.
In November 1991, Parker left Forest to join Aston Villa for £650,000. Villa won the League Cup in 1994 and Parker made three appearances during their cup run, but didn't play in the final itself. After falling out of favour with Ron Atkinson he then returned to Division Two football to join Leicester City, winning promotion via the play offs in his first season. Parker scored Leicester's equaliser in the final against Crystal Palace and was named as Leicester's player of the season. He also played as they won the League Cup in 1997, his third winners medal in the competition.
Parker's last game for Leicester was on 30 January 1999 at Middlesbrough.
He played for England at under 21 and B level, and was once put on standby for the senior squad by Graham Taylor, but never represented his country at full level.
On 1 July 2010, the new Celtic manager Neil Lennon appointed Parker, a former teammate at Leicester City, as a first team coach at Celtic.
On 12 October 2014, he joined Bolton Wanderers as First Team Coach, linking up once again with former Celtic colleagues Neil Lennon and Johan Mjällby. On 14 April 2016, he left his position at Bolton along with Steve Walford following the club's relegation from the Championship.
Parker was appointed assistant coach at Hibernian on 8 June 2016, again teaming up with Lennon.Nottingham Forest
League Cup - winner - 1989, 1990
Full Members Cup - winner - 1989
FA Cup - runner up - 1991
English First Division play off - winner - 1996
League Cup - winner - 1997
Leicester City Player of the year - 1996