Joe Parkinson has been appointed as the new Assistant
Manager at Pools, coming in to work alongside new boss Dave Challinor at
The former Everton midfielder previously worked with
Challinor at AFC Fylde but, more recently, had been working on the First Teamstaff at League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.
Born in Salford, Parkinson began his playing career with
Wigan Athletic where he turned professional in 1989 and went on to play wellover 100 senior games.
In 1993 he made a move to Bournemouth but his combative
style soon caught the eye of Everton and they paid £250,000 to take him toGoodison Park at the end of that year.
Parkinson went on to become a fans' favourite with The
Toffees, scoring four goals in 107 appearances and also winning the FA Cupfollowing their win over Manchester United in 1995.
Unfortunately, a knee injury cut short his time at Everton
and he was forced to retire at just 28 but the Merseyside outfit recognised hiscontribution to the club with a testimonial against Manchester City in 2000.
After a spell outside of the game, Parkinson returned to
Wigan to take up a coaching role with the Youth Team before progressing throughto work with the First Team.
His next post was as assistant to Chris Lucketti at Bury
before he took up an opportunity to work with Challinor at AFC Fylde lastApril.
Parkinson joined Shrewsbury as First Team Development Coach
during the summer but felt he couldn't turn down the opportunity to link-upwith Challinor following his appointment as boss at The Vic.
Wigan Athletic 1989-1993
Wigan Athletic 2012-2016
AFC Fylde 2018-2019
Shrewsbury Town 2019