Phil Parkinson – a possible candidate for the Imps’ role?

Former Bolton Wanderers manager has emerged as one of the bookie’s favourites for the manager’s role at Lincoln City.

He’s behind Gareth Ainsworth and Michael Flynn in most markets, with Kings Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse another with shorter odds, but Parkinson appears fourth in the list on the Sack Race. Whilst we know odds are no real indication of what’s happening, as we saw in the summer, but there is bound to be a link between Parkinson and the Imps.

Why? Because he fits much of what we imagine the profile of the manager to be. He’s perhaps not quite as young and dynamic as DC was when he joined us, but we’ve evolved now and will have a certain aspiration to achieve. That will be a manager who has been in the Football League, has good contacts and a good reputation and understands the modern game.

A so-called dinosaur won’t be coming to Sincil Bank; we won’t look to the merry-go-round for our next manager. even a young man like Gary Rowett could be considered out of touch after a couple of disasters in charge of clubs, and Parkinson could be seen as no different. However, a couple of his spells have both been impressive, despite a recent relegation.

For those who don’t know, he made his name between 2003 and 2006 at Colchester United. He took them into the Championship, a remarkable feat, and changed the status of their club for at least a decade, much the same as has happened to us in recent years. He struggled in a short spell with Hull City, and again at Charlton Athletic, both tough assignments given the club’s positions at the time. A move to Bradford sparked him back into life though.

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He took them to the League Cuop final in 2013, as well as getting them promoted from League Two. The next season he saw them beat Chelsea in the FA Cup 4-2, becoming the only team at any level to overcome a 2-0 deficit at Stamford Bridge during Jose Mourinho’s management. They ended up in the quarter finals as well as the League One play-off spots.

In 2016, he took over at Bolton Wanderers who had recently been relegated into League One. Working under a transfer embargo, he finished second in the table and earned a promotion back to the Championship. Two tough seasons followed, the second of which brought relegation against a backdrop of financial strife. With a great amount of integrity, he remained in charge up until recently, but he stepped aside following the postponement of the Doncaster game.

There may be a bit too much history behind him to fit the bill of ‘young and up and coming’, but he’s certainly got the right blend of experience and youth. He’s not quite the relic of the past that some might think and he’s certainly shown himself to be a strong character with lots of fortitude, especially in his Bolton role.

he’s been promoted out of this division before, twice, as well as overseeing a huge amount of success at Bradford City.

His tactics last season varied, but he certainly prefers a flat back four, usually in a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 formation which would suit us. The latter is where I feel our squad is most suited, but Parkinson may well have contacts in the free agent market to add a striker that would allow us to go 4-4-2. He’s also played a 4-4-1-1 at times, which again hints at the flexibility we’ll need from a new manager.

Is he worth lumping your money on? Well, he’s ruled himself out of the Southend job according to the Echo News, something that hints he might be aiming a little higher with his ambition. However, with odds on Michael Flynn falling all the time, only those with an inclination to lose money would put huge sums on the former Bradford man.

He wouldn’t be a terrible shout though.



    • why i like him positives for him he is a proven winner at this level. no compensation so perhaps more funds for players. (aaron lewis needs a contract) but i digress. he seems loyal tried everything to stay at bolton.

  1. Clive was bang on with Danny & Nicky taking them from Braintree.
    It’s a very difficult business for most chairman who have big egos generally so I don’t think he will mess this up.
    He is a very shrewd business person in this field already so I trust him to get the right man in and promotion is not out of the question with this side.

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