Where is Joe Parkinson now?
A huge fan’s favourite at Everton and one of Joe Royle’s ‘Dogs of War’ team of the mid-nineties, Joe Parkinson was forced to retire from playing at the age of 28 after failing to overcome a knee injury.
Despite barely playing two full seasons with Everton, Parkinson was held in such high regard that the club granted him a testimonial in 2000.
He also memorably won an FA Cup winner’s medal for the Toffees when they beat Manchester United in the 1995 final.
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Upon retiring from playing, Parkinson worked at Chester Zoo on a voluntary basis before a brief stint back at Everton as a fans liaison officer.
Bored of sitting at home, Parkinson decided to get a ‘normal’ job and ended up working as a forklift driver for a packaging firm in Liverpool until 2012 when he made a return to football as a coach at former club Wigan Athletic’s academy.
After a time spent working with Wigan’s under 18’s team and also the development squad (with Peter Atherton), Parkinson was given the role as the club’s first team coach.
Unfortunately, Parkinson left the club in November 2016 after new manager Warren Joyce was appointed and brought in his own backroom staff.
He made a return to football coaching in December 2017 when he was appointed as assistant manager at League One side Bury working with manager Chris Lucketti.
Both Lucketti and Parkinson were sacked in January 2018 after winning just one of their ten games in charge which left Bury rooted to the bottom of the League One table.
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Joe Parkinson: Premier League Statistics
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