PHIL PARKINSON FACTFILE
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.