In profile: Steve Parkin

All you need to know about Wanderers' new assistant manager

A defender during his playing days in the 1980s and 1990s, Mansfield-born Parkin began his career with Stoke City, helping the Potters’ youth team to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 1984 where they eventually lost out to Everton.

Spending six years as a professional with City, he was unable to prevent them from suffering relegation in 1985 but did remain with the club for a further four years before moving to West Bromwich Albion.

Also earning a handful of England U21 caps during the late eighties, Parkin linked up with his hometown club of Mansfield Town in 1992, eventually going on to move into management with them in the latter stages of the 1990s.

Initially taking over the reins following the dismissal of Andy King in 1996/97, the then-30-year-old remained in the hotseat for a further three seasons, narrowly missing out on the play-offs with the Stags on two occasions.

Moving onto pastures new just before the turn of the millennium with Rochdale his next port of call, he led the Spotland outfit to tenth and eighth place finishes in Nationwide League Two during his two years with the club.

Next spending a brief spell with Barnsley – one which unfortunately ended in relegation for the Tykes – Parkin then proceeded to act as assistant manager with Notts County following his departure from Oakwell.

Returning to his former employers Dale in late 2003, the former defender went on to spend three years in Greater Manchester, ensuring that the club avoided relegation on two occasions alongside enjoying a charge towards the play-off positions in 2004/05. 

Departing Spotland for a second time in late 2006, Parkin was quickly snapped up by then-Championship outfit Hull City where he worked alongside former Bolton player and coach Phil Brown.

Taking caretaker charge of the Tigers after the latter was placed on gardening leave in March 2010, the arrival of Nigel Pearson at the KC Stadium soon after saw Parkin move onto pastures new that summer.

Enjoying a brief spell with Scunthorpe United as assistant to Ian Baraclough during the 2010/11 season, he proceeded to link up with Phil Parkinson at Valley Parade in September 2011, joining the Bantams as assistant manager – a position which he retained until moving to Macron Stadium in June 2016.

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