Friday, May 05, 2006

Phil's the man claims Standard

Colchester boss Phil Parkinson is Charlton's No.1 target to succeed Alan Curbishley according to the Evening Standard. The authoritative London paper reports, 'Parkinson has emerged as the surprise first choice of the Charlton board after taking the League One club to the verge of promotion to the Championship.'

'Parkinson is seen as a direct replacement as he has a similar managerial and playing style.' (Wasn't the idea to have a change of direction?) The Standard draws attention to Colchester's confident performance against Chelsea in the Cup (whilst failing to mention their 9-1 drubbing of Leamington). Parkinson has more than a year left on his contract so the Oystermen would receive compensation.

The Standard also reveals the good news that Charlton's interest in Glenn Hoddle has faded after his contract at Wolves was renewed despite their failure to gain promotion.

Charlton will not make any announcement until after next Wednesday when all the applications from cranks (Acworth anyone?) attracted by the advert in the Daily Mail is considered.

I have never been keen on the idea of a League 1 manager being brought to The Valley as I feel that it would send out the wrong signals about the club's ambitions. He might be able to spot bargains, but could he attract top quality players? But at the end of the day I trust the good judgement of the board.


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