Parkinson era is now officially over

THE Phil Parkinson era officially ended yesterday, leaving Colchester United with the task of finding a new manager in time for the new season.The U's and Hull City agreed a compensation package, to the tune of £400,000, so paving the way for Parkinson's move from Layer Road to the KC Stadium.

By Carl Marston

THE Phil Parkinson era officially ended yesterday, leaving Colchester United with the task of finding a new manager in time for the new season.

The U's and Hull City agreed a compensation package, to the tune of £400,000, so paving the way for Parkinson's move from Layer Road to the KC Stadium.

The 38-year-old will be officially unveiled as the new Hull City manager this morning, ending a two-week wrangle between the two clubs which began with Parkinson's resignation as U's boss on June 14.


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U's chairman Peter Heard rejected this resignation, and then obtained a temporary High Court injunction preventing Parkinson from talking to other clubs. He still had another year to run on his contract.

Hull's first two offers of £150,000 and £250,000 were dismissed by Colchester, but an agreement was reached yesterday afternoon, so negating the need for Hull to try and get the injunction lifted next week.

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The Colchester United Board issued the following statement: “We are able to confirm that a sum in the region of £400,000 compensation, plus the recovery of legal costs, has been paid to Colchester United for the early release of Phil Parkinson from his contract, enabling him to join Hull City.

“Hull City have given an understanding not to employ or solicit any individual who is employed, or has been employed, in the last three months, by Colchester United. This agreement is in place for a 12-month period from today.”

The Tigers, therefore, will not be able to sign any current Colchester player for a year, and that includes the highly-rated Greg Halford, and leading marksman Chris Iwelumo.

While Parkinson will begin life as the new manager of Hull this morning, with former Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Frank Barlow as his assistant, the U's have confirmed that Geraint Williams will be the caretaker manager at Layer Road until a successor is appointed.

Williams was the assistant boss to both Steve Whitton and Parkinson and this will be his second spell as a caretaker, following a month in charge in February, 2003, before Parkinson arrived at Layer Road.

The club also released this statement: “The board is inviting applications for the position of new manager at the club and they hope to go through an interview process as soon as possible.

“The club notices that following today's settlement between Colchester United and Hull City, Phil Parkinson has been appointed as their manager and commences work on Friday, June 30. This is a time span that unfortunately we won't be able to match in appointing our manager.

“We are of course conscious that time is of the essence with the new season not far away, although we must of course strike the balance with choosing the right man to take the club forward as we prepare for our first season in the Championship.”

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