Tony Parkes
Tony
Parkes

Tony Parkes was recently in charge of Blackpool after spending over 30 years at Blackburn Rovers as player and coach.

Parkes moved to Blackburn in 1970 from Buxton, and played 350 games for the club.

He remained with Blackburn after retiring as a player, becoming assistant manager to Bobby Saxton.

During, his coaching career at Blackburn, he was caretaker manager for the club six times, taking over from Bobby Saxton (1986-1987), Don Mackay (1991), Ray Harford (1996-1997), Roy Hodgson (1998), Brian Kidd (1999-2000) and Graeme Souness (2004) after their departures.

Parkes left Blackburn in November 2004, after 34 years at the club. Whilst at Blackburn, the side won the Premier League, Promotion and the League Cup.  The club also enjoyed a period in Europe and the Youth team reached the final of the FA Youth Cup on two separate occasions.

Parkes left Blackburn to become Blackpool's assistant manager in December 2005.

Parkes helped the club win promotion to the Championship in the 2006/07 season after beating Yeovil Town at Wembley in the ply-off final.

In December 2008, Parkes became caretaker manager after the departure of Grayson. Parkes secured the clubs position in the Coca-Cola Championship before leaving at the end of the 2008/09 season.

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