Saturday, 13 December 2008

Parkinson gets four more games for now...

In an effort to steady the ship, Richard Murray has come out and said that Phil Parkinson will be given until the end of December to make his mark. The statement on the club website explained that the Board don't see the point of bringing in anyone else until the transfer window opens because they can't do anything to change the squad. 

Not very convincing from where I sit. It's not as if we're going to be splashing the cash in January whoever the manager is and it doesn't say much for the Board's view of the current squad. This comes on the back of Parkinson making a similar comment about not being able to make changes until January. If there's any realistic chance of a new man coming in then presumably he could get to know the current players before the January window opens? I suspect this means they can't see beyond Parky but need a few results before they can commit to a longer reign.  Derby looks like Parkinson's best chance of his first win and if we don't get it I fear he might not get one this year as we have some tough matches coming up. If we don't improve then it's hard to see how Parkinson could be given the job and you would then have to wonder whether or not Robson or Kinsella might get a go.

At least the results went for us today with only Forest picking up a point at home. If, and it's a big if, we can get actually beat Derby, we will get off the bottom and get a bit closer to Norwich and Southampton who have to be our targets for safety.

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