Tony Parkes

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Tony Parkes
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Parkes
Date of birth (1949-05-05) 5 May 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 7 12 in (1.71 m) [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
1969–1970 Buxton ? (?)
1970–1982 Blackburn Rovers 350 (38)
Teams managed
1986–1987 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
1991 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
1996–1997 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
1998 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
1999–2000 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
2004 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker manager)
2008–2009 Blackpool (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony 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. As of 2011 he worked as a scout for Blackburn Rovers. [2] [ needs update ]


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 in less than 20 years. He took over from Bobby Saxton (December 1986 – February 1987), Don Mackay (September–October 1991), Ray Harford (October 1996 – June 1997), Roy Hodgson (November–December 1998), Brian Kidd (November 1999 – March 2000) and Graeme Souness (September 2004) [3] after their departures. [4]

During this time Rovers experienced something of a revolution. During his first caretaker spell, they were a struggling Second Division club who had not tasted top flight football for some 20 years. Five years later, during his second caretaker spell, they had just been taken over by local steel baron Jack Walker and were a wealthy, ambitious side building for a challenge for promotion to the new FA Premier League – which was ultimately achieved at the end of the season under new manager Kenny Dalglish. By the time of his third caretaker spell five years later, barely 18 months had passed since their Premier League title triumph – the club's first top division title since 1914. His fourth spell came in 1999 after Rovers' shock relegation from the top-flight; while Parkes hoped to secure promotion and the manager's position on a full-time basis, this in fact proved to be his least successful stint as caretaker, and he was replaced by Graeme Souness in March 2000 with the club looking in danger of a second successive relegation. However, Parkes still remained at the club as Souness's assistant.

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." [5] Parkes was given a testimonial match in May 2005, a game which attracted back many former Rovers' favourites such as Alan Shearer and Colin Hendry.

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 Football League 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. [6] [7]

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 was willing to give him the job full-time, with Thompson continuing as his assistant, if the team continued to perform as they did under Grayson. [8] Blackpool finished the 2008–09 season in 16th place in The Championship. The Blackpool board met in mid-May to discuss his position. [9] After discussions with the club chairman Karl Oyston — resulting in a disagreement over finances – Parkes left Bloomfield Road. [10] Parkes claims he deserved a better deal than the one offered. "I felt the offer was unjust and there was no way that I could accept it. I don't want to cause a scene or a major problem, because I don't want to go down that road of people saying I'm bitter and twisted. We had some terrific results and some great days and they will stick with me for the rest of my life. I can't understand why I had that kind of offer after what I'd done. That will be the thing that will always concern me." [11]



As of 3 May 2009
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)25 October 19961 January 19973010119033.33
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)21 November 19984 December 19982002000.00
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)2 November 199914 March 2000261187042.31
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)6 September 200415 September 20041001000.00
Blackpool (caretaker)23 December 200818 May 200923698026.09

Personal life

In 2020, Parkes revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. [12]

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