PARKY LANDS MY VOTE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

I COM­PLETED my LMA vot­ing form for Man­ager of the Year this week. It is tough to look past the men who top the four Leagues when you vote for a win­ner, be­cause let’s face facts, win­ning ti­tles is the tough­est thing in football man­age­ment.

How­ever good your squad is, that is the ul­ti­mate achieve­ment.

But this year, I just couldn’t get away from Brad­ford City’s Phil Parkinson as the man de­serv­ing the ac­co­lade. Just 12 months ago, his Brad­ford squad were in the lower reaches of League Two.

A spec­tac­u­lar tran­si­tion has cat­a­pulted them into the play-offs and, in­cred­i­bly, into a League Cup fi­nal.To knock out Arse­nal and Villa en route is a sen­sa­tional achieve­ment. That truly is over achieve­ment against bud­get.

Phil hasn’t had it easy. He suf­fered a tough time at Hull. But he has now bounced back to form and deserves to be recog­nised for it.

Good on you Phil.You get my vote.

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