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Phil Parkinson
Personal information
Full name Philip John Parkinson
Date of birth 1 December 1967 (1967-12-01) (age 42)
Place of birth    Chorley, Lancashire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Charlton Athletic (manager)
Youth career
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
000 0(0)
145 0(5)
361 (20)   
Teams managed
Colchester United
Hull City
Charlton Athletic

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Philip John "Phil" Parkinson (born 1 December 1967) is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Charlton Athletic.


Playing career

Parkinson, a former Southampton trainee, made his Football League debut in 1988 with Bury, and later joined Reading for £37,500 in 1992. He soon became a favourite with the fans and still is today thanks to his committed, all-action style of play in the centre of midfield.



A fearsome tackler who always led by example, he was named player of the season two years in a row (1997–98 and 1998–99) and was also a key member of the 1993–94 Football League Second Division championship-winning team. He captained the team to promotion from the Second Division in 2001–02 and soon after promotion success, Phil celebrated his testimonial year with a memorable night at Madejski Stadium, where 20,000 fans watched former Reading team-mates such as Shaka Hislop, Michael Gilkes and Jeff Hopkins take on an England XI including the likes of Paul Gascoigne, John Barnes and Chris Waddle.

Although Parkinson rarely featured on the field in his final season as Reading returned to the First Division, he remained a hugely respected member of the squad until his departure to Layer Road.

In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Parkinson was voted the best central midfielder with 60.3% of the vote.[1] Parkinson is still sung about in the terraces today (his song, "Five Parkinsons", is sung every Christmas).

Family Life


Phil currently lives in the small village of Tockwith near the city of York He lives with his wife and 3 children. 2 of them study at King James's School, North Yorkshire.

Management career

Colchester United

Parkinson left Reading early in 2003 after 11 seasons to take his first steps into the world of management with Colchester United. Despite showing promising signs as he steered the U's to safety upon arrival in February 2003, the 2003–04 season started poorly as Colchester slipped to three straight league defeats, only softened by a victory in the League Cup. The U's' supremo, however, continued to motivate as they surged up the table, looking like play-off contenders at one stage. They may have slipped down towards the end of the season, but a strong FA Cup run, LDV run and a good finish left optimism for U's supporters.

The 2005–06 season saw them finish in 2nd place, thereby gaining an unlikely promotion to the Championship – despite having the lowest average attendance of the division. However, he resigned in June 2006 with a year left to run on his contract.[2]

Hull City

Parkinson was confirmed as the new manager of Hull City in late June 2006,[3] following the departure of Peter Taylor. Hull agreed to pay Colchester £400,000 compensation. However, when he led Hull against his old club, he was embarrassed as his former club romped home 5–1.[4] After another defeat in the next match, he left by 'mutual consent' in early December, leaving Hull in the relegation zone.[5]

Charlton Athletic

Parkinson then joined Charlton Athletic in January 2007 as assistant manager to Alan Pardew, having previously worked together at Reading. He was close to a return to management with Huddersfield Town in April 2007, but made a last minute decision to remain with Charlton.[6] Parkinson later extended his contract with Charlton until 2010.[7] Following Alan Pardew's departure in November 2008, he was appointed caretaker manager[8] and given the job permanently on New Year's Eve 2008 despite failing to win any of his eight matches in caretaker charge.[9] Under his management, Charlton were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in nearly 30 years.


As a Manager


Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Colchester United England 25 February 2003 14 June 2006 187 79 54 54 42.25
Hull City England 29 June 2006 4 December 2006 24 5 6 13 20.83
Charlton Athletic England 22 November 2008 Present 71 24 24 23 33.8
Total 282 108 84 90 38.3
As of 13 March 2010.


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