Since Clement left his post, Reading had seemed to set their sights on the Portuguese Vitória Guimarães boss, Luis Castro.
Castro reportedly snubbed them yesterday, which led to Parky’s odds dropping. Now at evens, Parky is the bookies favourite. And it seems that there’s no smoke without fire.
According to the Reading Chronicle, Phil Parkinson is being heavily considered by Reading to become their new manager.
The reports from The Chronicle state:
“PHIL Parkinson could be set for a Reading FC return after Luis Castro snubbed the chance to manage in England. Former Reading skipper and promotion-winner Parkinson has now overtaken Castro as the clear bookmakers’ favourite.
His odds have tumbled from 12/1 yesterday to evens today with SkyBet, with Castro still 6/4. Parkinson, 51, is on a one-year rolling contract at cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers and Royals would not have to pay much compensation.
The Chronicle understands Reading held brief talks with Parkinson earlier this year before Clement was appointed as Jaap Stam’s replacement in March. Royals chief executive Nigel Howe is believed to have spoken with the Trotters boss in the past few days and is hopeful of naming the next permanent manager before Saturday’s trip to Rotherham United (3pm ko).”
With the Royals keen to make a quick appointment, Parky could well be the man to take charge. A bonafide Royals legend, surely Parky would be keen on the move considering the off field issues at Wanderers.
Phil Parkinson has worked wonders during his time at Bolton, but with the club winless in eleven games, it might be the best outcome for both parties.