Assistant Manager Joe Parkinson

Current TeamHartlepool United

Joe Parkinson appointed as the new Assistant Manager at Hartlepool United in November 2019, coming in to work alongside new boss Dave Challinor at Victoria Park.

The former Everton midfielder previously worked with Challinor at AFC Fylde but, more recently, had been working on the First Team staff 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 well over 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 to Goodison 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 Cup following 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 his contribution 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 through to 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 last April.

Parkinson joined Shrewsbury as First Team Development Coach during the summer but felt he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to link-up with Challinor following his appointment as boss at The Vic.