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Bradford City: Phil Parkinson's stop-start contract talks are back on
Phil Parkinson’s new City contract is being handled by the League Managers’ Association after his agent was taken seriously ill.
The manager’s current deal is up at the end of June – along with assistant Steve Parkin and their coaching staff – and City were hoping to get a new one tied up once Wembley was out of the way.
They were confident of reaching an agreement with-in a couple of weeks but the discussions had to be put on hold after Parkinson’s representative was rushed into hospital.
With his agent still in there recovering, the City boss has now enlisted the help of the LMA so that the talks can continue.
Rhodes said: “Phil wanted us to conduct the negotiations with his representative but unfortunately he was taken seriously ill the week before the (Capital One) cup final. He has been very poorly and has only just come out of intensive care.
“When it became apparent that Phil’s agent definitely wouldn’t be in a position to be involved in any negotiations, we got together late last week to discuss a possible contract.
“We left it with Phil going away to talk to the LMA and we’re waiting to hear back. They are also going to look at the contracts for the backroom staff.”
Parkinson added: “I had a meeting with the two chairmen in conjunction with the LMA because working out contracts is never straightforward.
“The reason for it being put on hold is quite genuine. My agent is a good friend and it has been a worrying time.”
Parkinson is ready to ring the changes for tonight’s clash at basement side Plymouth, the first of this week’s Devon double header.
City need a win to revive their play-off chase but Parkinson is expecting a real slog.
He said: “We’ve had some terrific away results of late and if we play to our maximum we are capable of getting one tonight. But we have to be right at it.
“Plymouth mounted a real challenge in the back part of the game at Gillingham on Saturday and if we go down there thinking we’ve just got to turn up to win, then we’ll get a shock.
"We went there this time last year with a really depleted team and had a tough time. It would be good to turn the tables but we’ve got to be strong and committed.”
City will travel over 1,200 miles for the next two games and defender Rory McArdle questioned the wisdom of playing away to Plymouth in midweek.
He said: “It does make you wonder what goes through the Football League’s minds at times to do the fixtures as they have done. It was the same with Plymouth coming to us on a Tuesday night.
“It’s not just from the footballing point of view but for the fans as well. It’s not fair on them.”