Reading supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the possibility of Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson taking over the vacant managerial post at the Madejski Stadium.
Parkinson, a former Reading player for over a decade, has long been linked with Reading and in 2013 was first sounded out for the top job at the Madejski Stadium, according to a report by the Reading Post.
Now he is listed among those in contention to take the job with Sky Bet offering odds of 14/1, although The Sun claims that Portuguese boss Luis Castro is in pole position to take the job.
A section of the Reading supporters don't, however, appear keen on the idea of Parkinson joining the club now, especially with his side Bolton Wanderers currently lower than Reading in the Championship table.
Cannot disagree more with calls for Murty and Parkinson. Will be ridiculed if they do they unthinkable and take #readingfc down. Need someone with experience and a massive character. Never thought I'd say it but if Warnock was out of a job, he'd be the perfect man (short-term)— Courtney Friday (@ChronCourtney) December 6, 2018
No supporter base are stuck in the past as much we are surely? Why do a lot of our supporters keep looking for inspiration from past heroes like Parkinson, Murty or McDermott? Move on, let's think to the future for once. #Readingfc— Nath St Paul (@NathStPaul) December 6, 2018
Like the idea of somebody who feels for the Club but don't think Parky's the answer unfortunately.— Biscuitman (@Biscuitman6) December 6, 2018
Phil Parkinson bad shout.— Jake (@JakeMoore87) December 6, 2018
I’m not sure why everyone bangs on about Parkinson .... where are Bolton in the league #readingfc— Cliff (@cliffedwards) December 6, 2018
Just do not see the logic of fans wanting Phil Parkinson, Graeme Murty of somebody of that ilk. Yes, they are legends at Reading, but nothing says they will do a good job managing the club.— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) December 6, 2018
Why risk ruining the legacy when there are better managers out there? #readingfc
Parkinson would mean League 1, so would Murty.— Joycey (@joyceyroyal) December 6, 2018
If Parkinson had not been a Reading player in the past, I would confidently wager a million pounds that NOT one single Reading fan would want him as manager, now based on the job he's doing at Bolton. #readingfc— Paul Towner (@PaulTowner) December 6, 2018
Parkinson????— Ian Kirkpatrick (@iankirkpatrick_) December 6, 2018
Parkinson guided Bolton to promotion from League One and kept the Lancashire club up on the final day of last season, following a dramatic 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest.
This season, however, the Trotters are on an abysmal run of form and are the lowest scorers in the league with just 13 goals – four fewer than Ipswich Town who are bottom of the table.
While Reading may be in need of some inspiration following a difficult spell under Paul Clement, turning to former players and club legends doesn’t always work and can often tarnish reputations
Out of favour managers who know the Championship such as Slavisa Jokanovic or Steve Bruce may provide better options for Reading, but whoever comes in their first task will be to preserve the Berkshire club’s Championship status.