Writer: Joe Brown
Date:Wednesday March 21 2007
When Peter Taylor left Hull City during the Summer it was clear that the chairman had only one man in mind, Phil Parkinson.
Parkinson had just won promotion with Colchester and with the likes of Derby County and Charlton Athletic also supposedly chasing his signature, it was a surprise when he turned up at the KC Stadium.
He arrived as one of the brightest managers in the game having done so well the earlier season with un-fancied Colchester United. Known as an inspirational motivator, the season seemed bright with the new man at the helm.
Parkinson started his Tigers reign with a tricky away game as we faced recently relegated side West Bromwich Albion. Despite a two nil defeat, the City performance was a joy to behold. It seemed Parkinson clearly had an attacking mentality and despite the defeat, the season ahead would surely hold some promise.
HIs first home game started brilliantly with City racing to a two goal lead within nine minutes against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley. Everything seemed great, but that`s when the season started to go downhill. Parkinson`s tactics were so attacking that we had no defence, and we ended up losing the game against Barnsley 3-2. That changed everything.
Parkinson suddenly became a defence minded manager, and rather than losing games by having a go, we simply lost games without troubling the opposition. "Parky" took until his eighth game in charge to win his first league game against Leicester City before winning his fist home game against Sheffield Wednesday in his next match.
By his nineteenth game in charge, culminating in a week that saw us lose heavily to his former employer`s Colchester 5-1 and at home to Southampton 4-2, he was sacked after only three months.
After paying a large sum in compensation, believed to be around four hundred thousand, and the cost of new players and staff, Parkinson proved to be a very expensive mistake by Adam Pearson.
I would doubt he would be eager for such a quick return to day to day management. If he does, you will certainly be taking a risk following his spectacular failure at Hull City.
Vital view - Thanks to Vital Hull for this frank and interesting summary of Phil Parkinson's time in charge at Hull City
To all those Town fan's out there, do you still fancy him as our new manager ?
Date:Wednesday March 21 2007
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