Life’s a bitch. Many’s the time I’ve tried to stay awake for the League show after Match of the Day to bask in a glorious victory and failed miserably. Last night for some reason there was no problem in staying wide awake for more punishment, as well as to hear the rumours of a big bust-up after the game. And after rumours through the morning there’s confirmation on the club site that Parkinson has been sacked, along with Breaker and Kinsella.
According to Slater, “clearly improvement is needed on the field ... recent performances have simply not been good enough” and “last night’s defeat convinced us as a board that change is required now while we are still in the hunt for promotion and that we must appoint a new manager to give us every chance of going up”. The only further comment is that a caretaker management team will be announced “in due course”.
Initial reactions are seldom accurate and perhaps a good deal might come out about post-match exchanges (I did write last night that it was the time for some home truths to be expressed but had no idea they were at the time). And clearly the case for Parkinson to go was strengthened last night. But I have to say I’m deeply sceptical that the new owners, who following the takeover were expressing support for Parkinson, came to some sudden decision as a result of one game, however bad it was. To sack him and say ‘recent performances’ have not been good enough doesn’t sit with taking over and talking about discussing with Parkinson how to strengthen the team etc.
We will only know I guess when the caretaker team is unveiled. If a certain D.Wise is involved I for one would be inclined to conclude that the new owners were just looking for an excuse.