Parkinson quells Reading talk

Phil Parkinson has played down the rumours linking him with the vacant managerial position at Reading.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 11:06 Post Comment

Phil Parkinson: Bradford boss has played down Reading reports

Phil Parkinson: Bradford boss has played down Reading reports

The Bradford City boss is out of contract at the end of the season and it is understood that the Royals are keen to speak to him.

However, Parkinson - who made over 350 appearances for Reading - is taking no notice of the speculation and is currently in talks with Bradford over a new contract.

"Obviously I played there a lot of years and I've been linked with that job when it's come up previously," said Parkinson, who was also assistant manager at the Madejski Stadium when Alan Pardew was in charge.

"It happens and you take no notice of it and carry on with the job."

Parkinson made history this season when he led Bradford to the Capital One Cup final, beating Premier League sides Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa along the way.

The 45-year-old attracted from Championship sides Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, but opted to stay at Valley Parade as the Bantams became the first team from the fourth tier to reach a major final since 1962.

Reading academy manager Eamonn Dolan will take charge for Saturday's game at Manchester United and the club hope to have a replacement in place for the trip to Arsenal on 30 March.

Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins, Gus Poyet and Roberto Di Matteo have all been linked with the post.

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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