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Born: Chor­ley, 1967 (Age 45) Play­ing ca­reer: A trainee at Southamp­ton along­side Alan Shearer, Parkinson was re­leased with­out play­ing a match and joined Bury in 1988.

There, the tough-tack­ling mid­fielder be­came an in­te­gral part of the side that reg­u­larly pushed for pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Three, mak­ing 145 ap­pear­ances in four years.

They earned Parkinson a £50,000 move to Read­ing in 1992 and he spent 11 years in Berk­shir e, win­ning pro­mo­tion to the sec­ond tier in 1994 and help­ing the Royals to within a game of the Pre­mier League.

Read­ing were rel­e­gated back to what is now League One in 1998, but Parkinson stayed and be­came club cap­tain, lead­ing them back into the sec­ond tier in 2002. He r etired in 2003 af­ter over 400 ap­pear­ances for Read­ing and hav­ing been named player of the year in 1999 and 2000. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Named Colch­ester man­ager

im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment, Parkinson helped the U’s dodge rel­e­ga­tion in his first sea­son, then sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions by lead­ing the club to sec­ond in League One and pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship in 2006.

Parkinson ac­ri­mo­niously de­parted that sum­mer to take the reins at Hull but the move turned sour and he was sacked just six months later af­ter a 5-1 de­feat to for­mer club Colch­ester.

Af­ter a spell on the coach­ing staff at Charlton, Parkinson was pro­moted to man­ager af­ter Alan Pardew was sacked. Though he couldn’ t pre­vent rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship, he did lead the Ad­dicks to the play-offs in his sec­ond sea­son, los­ing to Swin­don in the semis.

De­parted af­ter a poor start in 2011, and worked as an Arse­nal scout, be­fore he was ap­pointed Brad­ford man­ager, win­ning pro­mo­tion from League Two in May.

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