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Lennon's Backroom Staff: Garry Parker

Garry Parker is a name well-known to English football fans - but what else can we learn?

Jeff J Mitchell

In the first of a two-parter - I thought it might be useful to take a look at the men who have travelled down from Glasgow to join Neil Lennon in his new role as Bolton Wanderers manager. There's a Johan Mjällby look-back coming tonight, but for now here's Garry Ronald Parker for your delight and delectation.

49 year old Parker was born in Oxford in 1965. He began his career in 1983 (year of my birth tbf) with Luton Town under David Pleat. He left the club three years and just 42 appearances later signing for Hull City in search of regular first team football.

After two successful seasons at Hull he moved again, this time to Nottingham Forest under legendary manager Brian Clough for £250,000 to provide competition for Neil Webb and Steve Hodge - a pair of England internationals. That season, in an unfamiliar left-wing role, he won the first silverware of his career winning the League Cup against his old side Luton at Wembley.

A week after winning the League Cup, he was in the Forest team which took to the field for an FA Cup semi final against Liverpool which was abandoned as the Hillsborough disaster unfolded.

After 103 appearances, he was sold to Aston Villa in 1991, and was a key member of the side that came close to winning the Premier League in 1993. He later struggled to maintain a place in the side under Ron Atkinson and was sold in February 1995 to Leicester City, by which time Brian Little (who had arrived at Villa from Leicester) had taken over from the dismissed Atkinson.

Although his first season at Leicester ended in relegation, they bounced back through the play-offs the following year (with Parker scoring in the final), and Parker won his third League Cup winners medal when Leicester defeated Middlesbrough in the 1997 final after a replay.

Parker retired aged 34 in 1999 and immediately joined the coaching staff at Leicester. Two years later he enjoyed a brief spell as caretaker manager after the sacking of Peter Taylor in 2001. His only match in charge was a 6-0 League Cup loss to Leeds United.

In July 2010, the new Celtic manager Neil Lennon appointed Parker, a former team-mate at Leicester City, as a first team coach at the SPL side.

Their partnership yielded several trophies until 2014 when Lennon stepped down to seek new challenges. The latest of which arrived yesterday with the Irishman's appointment as Bolton Wanderers boss. One of the first tasks as manager saw Lennon bring Parker down to the North-West as first team coach alongside Swedish assistant manager Johan Mjällby.