The Bolton Wanderers manager has emerged as a candidate to succeed Garry Monk at Leeds United.
Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has emerged as a candidate to succeed Garry Monk at Leeds United, according to the Daily Mail.
But if the 49-year-old were to take the Whites reins, might any of his former players follow him to Elland Road?
Here are three he could target…
Reece Burke [West Ham United]
Kyle Bartley’s return to Swansea has left Leeds with a vacancy at centre-back and Burke, who starred under Parky while on loan at Bradford in 2015-16, could be a good choice to fill it. The 20-year-old endured an injury-hit spell at Wigan this past campaign, but who better than his old boss to get him quickly up to speed? West Ham are unlikely to protest another temporary spell for Burke, and the arrival of ex-Hammers man Angus Kinnear would surely aid Leeds’ cause.
Josh Vela [Bolton Wanderers]
For all of Leeds’ midfield options, only Pablo Hernandez [six] scored more than three league goals in 2016-17 – a situation that desperately needs addressing if the Whites are to achieve their promotion aim next term. Vela found the net nine times to help Bolton finish second in League One and could pick up where he left off in the division above under Parkinson’s guidance.
Josh Morris [Scunthorpe United]
Leeds are expected to sign at least one new winger after sending Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza back to their respective clubs, while Morris, whose Scunthorpe side failed to gain promotion this past season, looks set to move on after scoring 19 goals and creating another 16 in League One. Though the left-sider only played a bit part role under Parkinson at Bradford, a second go at it with Leeds could be mutually appealing.
Is Parkinson a good appointment for Leeds United?