Phil Parkinson rejected Huddersfield in 2007, but could this time be different?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 August 2019, 14:51

Back in April 2007 then League One side Huddersfield were moments away from conducting a press conference where they were set to unveil Phil Parkinson as their new manager.

But, an hour before it was scheduled to take place, the club were forced to cancel after Parkinson, then an assistant at Premier League Charlton, changed his mind after a discussion with Addicks boss Alan Pardew.

"What is really quite bad form is that Charlton, we understand, were aware of his [Parkinson] first interview, were aware he was in the final series of interviews and then, of course, that he had been offered the job and accepted it," said Huddersfield’s then chairman Ken Davy. (quotes in Huddersfield Examiner)

"It was only then that they came along with sacks of money, and I must say that if I were in Phil’s position I would wonder why they waited so long."

In the end the snubbed Terriers appointed Andy Ritchie, while Parkinson would later succeed Pardew at Charlton.

Fast-forward 12 years to August 2019 and Parkinson once again finds himself in the frame for the Huddersfield vacancy.

Within moments of his Bolton resignation becoming public knowledge yesterday (Wednesday), Parkinson had been slashed from 33/1 to just 3/1 (Bet Victor) to make a swift return to the dugout with the struggling Yorkshire outfit.

Given that Parkinson left Bolton less than 24 hours ago it seems insensitive to Bolton fans to suddenly speculate on his next move, yet the rapid and often cruel workings of the manager merry-go-round stop for no one.

Mark Hudson oversaw Huddersfield’s first team against Cardiff following the sacking of Jan Siewert, however he was unable to prevent the club from their fourth defeat in five league and cup matches this term.

Prior to the Bluebirds game the caretaker said: "I do want to become a football manager and definitely at this club at some point," but given the difficult circumstances - Huddersfield have one point this season and are winless since February - taking charge of the club on a full-time basis may have come too soon for the 37-year-old who has never held a permanent position.

Huddersfield took a chance on Siewert, and it didn’t work out, meaning there’s every chance that they’ll opt for a more experienced head this time around.

Step forward: Phil Parkinson.

No one could blame Parkinson for wanting a well-deserved rest following his departure from Bolton. It was a hectic three-years which came straight off the back of five years at the helm of Bradford.

But many gaffers soon get restless after leaving a post, and should Parkinson be eager to jump straight back into the managerial arena, Huddersfield could well be a valid option.

Meanwhile, Parkinson can be backed at 16/1 in the next Sheffield Wednesday manager market, although popular caretaker Lee Bullen is the hot 1/2 favourite for the job.

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