Wrexham finally confirm that they appoint an ex-Sunderland, Charlton, Bolton, Bradford, Colchester, Hull manager on Thursday.
Phil Parkinson has come in to replace Dean Keates who lost his job after missing and dropping out of the National League playoffs on the final day of the 2020/21 season.
The fifth-tier club’s Hollywood-based owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have given the green light to the 53-year-old coming in and of course have an eye to win promotion back to League Two for the first time in 13 years.
PARKINSON’S MANAGERIAL STATS:
Colchester United – 25 February 2003 until 14 June 2006 – 187 games, 79 wins, 54 draws, 54 defeats, 42.25 win %
Hull City – 29 June 2006 until 4 December 2006 – 24 games, 5 wins, 6 draws, 13 defeats, 20.83 win %
Charlton Athletic – 22 November 2008 until 4 January 2011 – 114 games, 44 wins, 37 draws, 33 defeats, 38.60 win %
Bradford City – 28 August 2011 until 10 June 2016 – 274 games, 101 wins, 86 draws, 87 defeats, 36.86 win %
Bolton Wanderers – 10 June 2016 until 21 August 2019 – 157 games, 49 wins, 34 draws, 74 defeats, 31.21 win %
Sunderland – 17 October 2019 until 29 November 2020 – 48 games, 19 wins, 15 draws, 14 defeats, 39.58 win %
Total – 804 games, 297 wins, 232 draws, 275 defeats, 36.94 win %
Wrexham AFC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Phil Parkinson as first-team manager, on a 12-month rolling contract.
Parkinson, 53, boasts nearly two decades’ experience as a manager, and has become highly respected in the game during a managerial career that has seen him take charge of six different clubs.
During his time in the dug-out, Parkinson – who also played more than 500 league games in an 18-year playing career – has won promotion on three occasions.
He arrives at the Racecourse Ground having most recently managed at Sunderland, replacing Dean Keates – who departed at the end of his contract last month.
And on taking charge at Wrexham AFC, Parkinson said: “Once the plans of the Chairmen were explained to me, the decision to join Wrexham was very easy. Wrexham are an EFL Club in all but the one thing that matters, league status, and we have a very clear objective with the work starting immediately.
“The Club didn’t need selling to me, it sold itself and I wanted to be part of the journey this Club is about to embark upon.
“We have a lot to do to be ready for August 21 and in the next seven weeks the aim is to add quality players to the existing squad, and create an environment and culture which gives us the best possible chance of promotion.”
He emerged as the ideal candidate to spearhead Wrexham’s bid to return to the English Football League, after a month-long process that considered the relative merits of over 60 applicants.
Time to get to work 👷
— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) July 1, 2021
Commenting on Parkinson’s appointment, co-Chairmen, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds said:
“The process put in place by Les Reed, Shaun Harvey, Humphrey Ker & Fleur Robinson was thorough, and we were presented with any number of good options, all of whom would have been very credible managers for the Club.
“We’d like to thank all those that applied for the role but once we knew Phil was interested, he was our man and we got him.
“Phil has an immediate objective of gaining promotion but is conscious of our ambitions for the Club and embraced each element of our vision.”
As a player, Parkinson came through the youth ranks at Southampton, before making his Football League debut with Bury and then spending more than a decade with Reading.
At the conclusion of his playing career, his first managerial job was at Colchester United, who he led to promotion to the Football League Championship in 2006.
He moved to Hull City and then Charlton Athletic – joining the latter as first an assistant, before replacing Alan Pardew as manager.
In his next managerial job, at Bradford City, Parkinson earned national recognition after leading the fourth-tier Bantams to the 2012/13 League Cup Final.
They earned promotion to League One at the end of the same season, before more cup giant-killing when they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge in the following campaign.
Parkinson earned the third promotion of his career, with Bolton Wanderers, in 2016/17 and has since managed Sunderland.
He will be joined by Steve Parkin as Assistant Manager with at least one further appointment to follow.
Wrexham AFC would like to wish Phil and Steve a very warm welcome to the Racecourse Ground.
Fans gave their reaction as Wrexham appoint an ex-Sunderland, Charlton, Bolton, Bradford, Colchester manager…
@robwxm: This is an amazing appointment
@EthanOsafc: All I’ll say is you will play 3-5-2 or 5-2-3 and it will be the worst football you ever seen. You wont concede many goals but wont score many either. All the best for the season lads.
@molvalentino: Sounds good mate. That’s what we’re used to
@JosephWilde: That’s a huge coup isn’t it? And I say that as a Newcastle supporter
@JChambersSN: Looks like the American owners have done their research and got an experienced manager hats off to them
@kieranwh20: Decent appointment tbf #bwfc
@matthewbcafc: Well that was unexpected!
@cp_aipi: He’s had a right fall off ain’t he, promotion from league 1 in 2016, 2 seasons in the championship until 2018 and now he’s in non league.
@iwan_sanger: Good luck Phil get us out of this league and you’ll be forever a legend all the best let’s get this new era up and running
@RhysGri52817900: Welcome to the club! Get us back to the football league
@DonnieWyer: That’s 1 hell of a statement of intent!
@78Spirit: Hallelujah! Now for those marquee signings. Let’s Go!
@evrahrose: Fair play! That’s one hell of an appointment 👏
@bear_mystic: The football will be tedious, but you’ll be organised. He should get you out of that division. If he does, you won’t care how dull the stuff on the pitch is. Best of luck to all parties.
@johnoladjohno: Bradford fan here. Amazing appointment gor you in my eyes. Did wonders for our club. And can see you in League 2 easy for next season
@elliottmwhite: Did brilliant for Bolton and kept a sinking ship together long that it should have held. Hope he does buts for you lot.
@HUBBY109: Outstanding appointment that @lloyddl2010 👏🏻👏🏻
@Paskins_tache: Lovely stuff. Announce promotion.
@swainyFTM: Rip wrexham
@BenCra1g: Nooooo fucking way 😭😭😭😂😂😂
@corner_martyn: For your level that’s some appointment
@1973mackem: There is always someone worse off than #safc 🤪
@owencoulter05: Holy shit. Wouldn’t be suprised if he takes you up to league 1 in 2 seasons.
@PeppiattColin: Welcome Phil!! He’s a really lovely guy. Hope he does well for the club.
@m_w890: One hell of a coup for a non league club 😍😍
@welshwinny8: Welcome aboard personally wouldnt of been my choice as win ratio is not the best and his style of football not much different to Keates who fans slagged off But will back him 100%
@JackAshmann: Some of the worst football I’ve ever seen at Sunderland 😂😂
@welshy1000: Some statement that MOST of the football is shit.
@huds8118: We’ve been dreadful for years but this bloke was the worst I’ve seen. Truly horrendous
Best of luck to the great man pic.twitter.com/quYWS7JHnX
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— Matt Richards (@mattrichards91) July 1, 2021
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