Parky eyes another Wembley trip

Phil Parkinson finally got his hands on a trophy and immediately set his sights on another trip to Wembley.

Last Updated: 25/03/13 at 13:28

Phil Parkinson: Hoping to gatecrash the play-offs

Phil Parkinson: Hoping to gatecrash the play-offs

Bradford boss Parkinson guided his League Two minnows to the Capital One Cup final last month, only to see them lose 5-0 to Swansea.

But he was rewarded for the remarkable run which saw them beat Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa with the Outstanding Managerial Achievement award at the Football League awards on Sunday night.

"I'm very honoured, it's a great award to get," Parkinson said.

"Obviously my name is on the award but it's a team award, not just the team on the pitch but off the pitch as well.

"Belief, hard work and desire can take you a long way in this game. We were fully aware when we were playing Arsenal on that cold Tuesday evening that their ability was way above what we had. But the desire, togetherness and spirit we had shone through."

The Bantams now have eight matches left to try to haul themselves into the play-off spots.

"We've got a tough challenge," added Parkinson. "Obviously the cup run has detracted from that. I'd love to say we could have done it all but sometimes it's not possible - we've played 62 games already this season.

"But the lads have been terrific. What we have said to them is that when the last whistle goes after the last game of the season, we are going to have given absolutely everything to get into the play-off picture.

"If we haven't then the money we earned from the cup run will enable us to have a good go next year."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Matej Vydra joins Watford on five-year deal after two loan spells

Striker Matej Vydra is back with Watford, this time on a permanent basis after signing a five-year deal to join the club from Udinese.

Cech thanks Roman for overruling Jose

Petr Cech has thanked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for allowing him to join Arsenal against Jose Mourinho's wishes.

Sporting Braga striker Eder completes medical for Swansea transfer

Striker Eder has undergone a medical at Swansea as his transfer from Sporting Braga nears completion, Sky sources say.

Mail Box

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

Arsenal Only Need Two More (As Ever)

One Chelsea fan still doesn't see Arsenal as title contenders, plus we have thoughts on Petr Cech, Sergio Ramos, Heurelho Gomes, Paulinho and Arsenal Denilson...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company