Only one manager (Gary Waddock, Aldershot 2007/08) in over 30 years has won the title without previously having managed a game in non-league prior to that season...The priority for the owners is to get into the football league as soon as possible, which is what Phil Parkinson is here to do. Seems a bit of a coup for this level, but I guess so did Brian Little. At least Parkinson has some relatively recent success on his CV.
You've left out playoff victors. Salford went up with Graham Alexander who had never managed at this level at the first time of asking.Only one manager (Gary Waddock, Aldershot 2007/08) in over 30 years has won the title without previously having managed a game in non-league prior to that season...
If Undr the Cosh has taught me anything, it's that Parkinson is universally hated by everyone he's managed. Weird appointment that, in my opinion. Will be interesting to see what sort of players he brings in.
Oh yeah absolutely, that was why I prefixed that with "If Undr the Cosh has taught me anything" as I don't think I've ever heard any other players talking about him. It's quite likely that Parkin could be pushing an agenda too. Conversely, Russell Slade seems to be fairly well liked so it's by no means a full indication of their managerial qualitiesDoesn't that just depend on the players in question? When he was with us, he transformed the entire culture of the club from the old-school drinking type to one focused more on fitness and sports science, so the players who used to go out drinking and smoking (like Thomas Pinault) were bombed out - so it's no surprise someone like Jon Parkin doesn't like him.
The players who won promotion under him here all continue to say that he's brilliant and the best guy they've worked under, and I guess that's a similar story for near enough any manager in football.
He's come out in our local paper today saying he's had no contact from them. Plus he's only just recently signed a new 2 year deal here so they'd have to pay compensation. Reckon they will go for the other joint-favourite, the ex Swindon guy who's name escapes mei see the Halifax manager is currently favourite for the Rochdale job...
Bradford fans hate him despite getting them to a league cup final after putting 4 past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as well as getting them promoted?
European club competitions have already started?
It's all getting a bit silly now eh. As much as I love the game, all year round footy is not for me.
Spare a thought for all those clubs that get dumped out of the Euro cup competitions in the 1st preliminary round - a good number of European leagues only kick off in late August or September. What do these clubs do until that time comes?