The Parkinson no-show
Something amazing is happening at The Valley and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Phil Parkinson, an ambitious and well regarded young coach joined as Pardew's right-hand man earlier in the new year. It appeared at the time that the role was a stop-gap allowing him to work with a man he holds in high esteem but when the right managerial job came along Parkinson would move on and that was definitely a case of when not if.
Well Huddersfield Town came calling and Parkinson was an hour away from being unveiled as The Terriers new manager in front of the countries media this morning but he couldn't do it.
"I have had a change of heart. I have been enormously impressed with Huddersfield and the integrity of the board. It is a fantastic club, with a great infrastructure, which will go from strength to strength. However, the lure of working with Alan Pardew and in the Premiership was not something I could walk away from."
Some of us have been lucky to work with people that inspire and Parkinson's judgement and decision says an awful lot about him, his boss and the place that he works.
Let the red train continue at full speed ahead.