Phil Parkinson has spoken for the first time about being linked with the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane during the close season, writes James Shield.
The Bradford City chief, whose side hosts Sheffield United today, was included on a short-list of names to replace Nigel Clough before Nigel Adkins took charge in June.
“Things come out in the press that make people feel that it’s further down the road than it actually is,” Parkinson said. “But it was an unsettling period around the club full stop during that month with the possible takeover. It was unsettling for me and my family but the good thing is that I’ve got a very open relationship with (co-chairmen) Julian (Rhodes) and Mark (Lawn).”
Parkinson watched United suffer a second successive defeat when they were beaten by Colchester on Tuesday evening.
He said: “I saw them play and they are obviously a very open team. They’ve got the rewards for that at times this season but got punished in the last two games.
“This is another test. Everybody is saying Sheffield United are outright favourites to win the league and that’s probably correct with the squad they’ve got.
“The Bury game was a bit smash and grab and they were unlucky not to get something. Colchester first half were excellent and probably could have scored more. Equally Sheffield had some good chances and it was a very open game. When you’ve conceded six goals, it will be interesting to see the reaction and whether Nigel changes anything.”