Parkin departs for Rochdale

Last updated : 31 December 2003 By Joanna Walker
It has been confirmed by Rochdale that Steve Parkin is their new manager initially until the end of the season.

As revealed here on NCM yesterday, Rochdale were rumoured to be talking to Parkin regarding the vacant manager’s job at Spotland and considering the current situation here at Notts it is no real surprise that he has taken the opportunity with both hands.

When Alan Buckley left the club yesterday, it soon became apparent who was leading the list of names to take the vacant managerial position of the third division outfit.

Parkin had until yesterday, been assistant to Billy Dearden here at Notts County. He joined Notts after leaving Barnsley when things went wrong at Oakwell.
Parkin was also linked with the job back in the summer when Buckley was given the nod ahead of him.

The news of Parkin’s appointment at Rochdale may well be sour grapes for many Notts County fans, who expected him to take over first team affairs here at Meadow Lane in the future, but spare a thought for the Rochdale fans who may not welcome him back with open arms after the cloud he left under when he left for bigger and better things

But with Rochdale’s unhealthy position in the Third Division, Parkin may well have a massive job on his hands to turn fortunes around at Spotland but if his previous managerial record at Rochdale is anything to go by then I am sure he will have no problem at all.

His previous managerial record looks like this:

Matches - 127.
Won - 51.
Drawn - 39.
Lost - 37.

We, here at NCM would like to wish Steve Parkin all the best in his new appointment.

I wonder what this could mean for the managerial set-up here at Notts.