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Tony Parkes
Personal information
Full name Anthony Parkes
Date of birth 5 May 1949 (1949-05-05) (age 60)
Place of birth    Sheffield, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Blackburn Rovers
00? 0(?)
350 (38)   
Teams managed
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
Blackpool (caretaker manager)

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

Anthony "Tony" Parkes (born 5 May 1949) is an English former professional footballer. After retiring, he became a coach. He was most recently caretaker manager at Blackpool. It was the seventh such role of his coaching career, having performed the role on six occasions for Blackburn Rovers.


Playing career

Parkes was a midfielder who started his career in non-league football at Buxton in 1969 before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 1970 where he spent the rest of his playing career. He played a total of 350 league games and scored 38 goals for Rovers before retiring in 1982.

Coaching career

After retiring Parkes stayed with Blackburn, joining their coaching staff under Bobby Saxton, where he became assistant manager. He stood in as caretaker manager for the club six times, taking over from Bobby Saxton (1986-1987), Don Mackay (1991), Ray Harford (1996-1997), Roy Hodgson (1998), Brian Kidd (1999-2000) and Graeme Souness (2004) after their departures. He left Rovers in November 2004, after 34 years at the club, following then-manager Mark Hughes' decision to bring in his own backroom team. Parkes criticised the club after he learned of his sacking from his daughter, who had heard the news on the radio, saying, "Usually Blackburn do it the right way, but they got it wrong. I think I deserve a bit more respect than to have my daughter telling me she's just heard it on the radio."[1]

Parkes became Blackpool's assistant manager in December 2005, shortly after Simon Grayson was appointed as caretaker manager, and he helped the club win promotion to the the Championship in the 2006-07 season after a successful play-off final against Yeovil Town at Wembley. On 4 March 2008, he signed a new contract, keeping him at Bloomfield Road until 2010.[2][3]

In December 2008, Parkes was installed as a caretaker manager for the seventh time in his career, after Grayson resigned from his position as Blackpool manager to join Leeds United. Blackpool's first-team coach, Steve Thompson, took over Parkes' role as assistant manager. After his first game in charge, a 1–1 Boxing Day draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Parkes revealed that the Blackpool board is willing to give him the job full-time, with Thompson continuing as his assistant, if the team continue to perform as they did under Grayson.[4] Blackpool finished the 2008–09 season in 16th place in the Championship. The club's board are met in mid-May to discuss his position.[5] After discussions with the club chairman Karl Oyston — resulting in disagreement over finances — Parkes left Bloomfield Road.[6]




As of 3 May 2009.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 25 October 1996 1 January 1997 30 10 11 9 30.00
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 21 November 1998 4 December 1998 2 0 0 2 0.00
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 2 November 1999 14 March 2000 26 11 8 7 42.31
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 6 September 2004 15 September 2004 1 0 0 1 0.00
Blackpool (caretaker) England 23 December 2008 18 May 2009 23 6 9 8 26.09
Total 82 27 28 27 32.93

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