Things will soon start to look up for Luke Oliver, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Luke Oliver's snapped Achilles was the beginning of the end for his City career Luke Oliver's snapped Achilles was the beginning of the end for his City career

Phil Parkinson expects Luke Oliver to make a speedy return to league football after joining Forest Green Rovers.

The former City player of the year yesterday signed for the ambitious Skrill Premier club until the end of the season, with the option of a further 12 months after that.

But Parkinson would not be surprised to see the giant centre half back before too long.

He said: “Everyone wants to play at the highest level and Olly is no different.

“I had several chats with Olly and quite a few League Two clubs wanted to take him. But we both felt if he can go to Forest Green and play from now to the end of the season at least, he will get back to where he was.

“It’s important that he does the best for himself going forward. I don’t think there’s any stigma in dropping down.

“They are a big club in that division but Olly is a league player.

“People know he has played a lot of league football but not very much since last October (2012). From the outside, they will look at it and see that he’s gone there purely to play football again.”

Forest Green were tipped to challenge for promotion this season after investing heavily but currently sit eight points off the play-offs in mid-table.

Oliver cancelled his City contract last week after nearly four years at Valley Parade. Having swept the player awards in 2012, he missed most of last season after snapping his Achilles.

Parkinson added: “Olly was a great servant for the club and in some tough times as well.

“He was very unlucky because he snapped his Achilles against Burton and also had a hip operation around the same time.

“The Achilles is fine now and the hip is not giving him any problems. I really wish him the best.

“He’s a terrific character who just needs to play games of football again. I’m sure there will be other league clubs wanting him in the summer.

“Olly is still young and I think he will get back in no problem.”

James Hanson had an injection in his hamstring yesterday and should be back in training later in the week.

Andrew Davies reported no problems on his return after missing the Molineux defeat.

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8:37am Tue 4 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

It is rather telling that there was no transfer to Forest Green. This would suggest that there are doubts as to his long term future. (A contract from the remainder of this season and only an 'option' for 2014/5).
It is rather telling that there was no transfer to Forest Green. This would suggest that there are doubts as to his long term future. (A contract from the remainder of this season and only an 'option' for 2014/5). Michael Clayton
  • Score: -7

9:28am Tue 4 Feb 14

Old Dave says...

After being a scapegoat under Taylor, Oliver served City well under Parkinson, and became a bit of a favourite of mine. He has been unfortunate not to play more due to the timing and severity of his injuries. I wish him all the best at Forest Green and wherever he ends up in the summer. Another player who isn't quite good enough for a club in league one with higher ambitions and youngsters such as McHugh now in front of him in the pecking order. Thanks for playing a big role in keeping us in the league a couple of years ago!
After being a scapegoat under Taylor, Oliver served City well under Parkinson, and became a bit of a favourite of mine. He has been unfortunate not to play more due to the timing and severity of his injuries. I wish him all the best at Forest Green and wherever he ends up in the summer. Another player who isn't quite good enough for a club in league one with higher ambitions and youngsters such as McHugh now in front of him in the pecking order. Thanks for playing a big role in keeping us in the league a couple of years ago! Old Dave
  • Score: 17

10:02am Tue 4 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

Old Dave wrote:
After being a scapegoat under Taylor, Oliver served City well under Parkinson, and became a bit of a favourite of mine. He has been unfortunate not to play more due to the timing and severity of his injuries. I wish him all the best at Forest Green and wherever he ends up in the summer. Another player who isn't quite good enough for a club in league one with higher ambitions and youngsters such as McHugh now in front of him in the pecking order. Thanks for playing a big role in keeping us in the league a couple of years ago!
In order to play to Oliver's key strengths (and null his weaknesses), he needed a defence to be built around him. Whether or not he was good enough is something we will never know. That, in itself, is a big shame.
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: After being a scapegoat under Taylor, Oliver served City well under Parkinson, and became a bit of a favourite of mine. He has been unfortunate not to play more due to the timing and severity of his injuries. I wish him all the best at Forest Green and wherever he ends up in the summer. Another player who isn't quite good enough for a club in league one with higher ambitions and youngsters such as McHugh now in front of him in the pecking order. Thanks for playing a big role in keeping us in the league a couple of years ago![/p][/quote]In order to play to Oliver's key strengths (and null his weaknesses), he needed a defence to be built around him. Whether or not he was good enough is something we will never know. That, in itself, is a big shame. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -3

10:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Old Dave wrote:
After being a scapegoat under Taylor, Oliver served City well under Parkinson, and became a bit of a favourite of mine. He has been unfortunate not to play more due to the timing and severity of his injuries. I wish him all the best at Forest Green and wherever he ends up in the summer. Another player who isn't quite good enough for a club in league one with higher ambitions and youngsters such as McHugh now in front of him in the pecking order. Thanks for playing a big role in keeping us in the league a couple of years ago!
Yes Olly was hammered after he arrived at City and there were people on here who said he should never play for the club again. Anyone can criticise a player for having a bad game, but there was no need for that. Were you one of those people?
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: After being a scapegoat under Taylor, Oliver served City well under Parkinson, and became a bit of a favourite of mine. He has been unfortunate not to play more due to the timing and severity of his injuries. I wish him all the best at Forest Green and wherever he ends up in the summer. Another player who isn't quite good enough for a club in league one with higher ambitions and youngsters such as McHugh now in front of him in the pecking order. Thanks for playing a big role in keeping us in the league a couple of years ago![/p][/quote]Yes Olly was hammered after he arrived at City and there were people on here who said he should never play for the club again. Anyone can criticise a player for having a bad game, but there was no need for that. Were you one of those people? Peter300
  • Score: 1

10:17am Tue 4 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

What got me about the hammering Luke took when he first came to BCFC was that Taylor played him as a make shift centre forward, he did a job for the team yet was crucified for it, about as unfair as it gets.

Good luck to Luke at Forest Green, you played a big part in keeping BCFC safe from relegation in the year you swept the board in the Player of the Year awards and also an important part in our we made history year before you got that terrible injury. All the best Big Man!!!!!!
What got me about the hammering Luke took when he first came to BCFC was that Taylor played him as a make shift centre forward, he did a job for the team yet was crucified for it, about as unfair as it gets. Good luck to Luke at Forest Green, you played a big part in keeping BCFC safe from relegation in the year you swept the board in the Player of the Year awards and also an important part in our we made history year before you got that terrible injury. All the best Big Man!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 17

11:29am Tue 4 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

Alus read the game really well which made up for his lack of pace and turning circle of a tanker. Had some top games for us. All the best to him
Alus read the game really well which made up for his lack of pace and turning circle of a tanker. Had some top games for us. All the best to him whisky1
  • Score: 9

4:24pm Tue 4 Feb 14

audal says...

ALL I ASK IS WHY, why was Curtis Good allowed to go to Dundee and why did .City not match LIKE FOR LIKE ? why did Curtis , after Wembley not want more at V.P.???
ALL I ASK IS WHY, why was Curtis Good allowed to go to Dundee and why did .City not match LIKE FOR LIKE ? why did Curtis , after Wembley not want more at V.P.??? audal
  • Score: -4

10:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

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11:00pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

The news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City will surely send shockwaves through the managerial side of football. Laudrup replaced Brendan Rogers at the provincial side and successful led them to Premier League safety AND a major national trophy, importantly playing flowing attractive attacking football. City suffered at the end of tis 'football' but what sugared the bitter pill of that 5-0 thrshing (apart from th Citu fans' response to it) was the style of ply was top class and the way the game SHOULD be played!

Perhaps I am not alone amongst City fan in saying I've followed the Swans' results ever since. To me this partly-owned -by- their-fans team is te ost attractive football team to beinterested in from myperspective.

But to sack oneof the best young managers around when the team is in 12th place in their league wlll make al managers feel a good deal less secure.

'PP'..be warned!
The news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City will surely send shockwaves through the managerial side of football. Laudrup replaced Brendan Rogers at the provincial side and successful led them to Premier League safety AND a major national trophy, importantly playing flowing attractive attacking football. City suffered at the end of tis 'football' but what sugared the bitter pill of that 5-0 thrshing (apart from th Citu fans' response to it) was the style of ply was top class and the way the game SHOULD be played! Perhaps I am not alone amongst City fan in saying I've followed the Swans' results ever since. To me this partly-owned -by- their-fans team is te ost attractive football team to beinterested in from myperspective. But to sack oneof the best young managers around when the team is in 12th place in their league wlll make al managers feel a good deal less secure. 'PP'..be warned! Cityman23
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

PS: My computer is playing up.
Should have read " most attractive football team in the Prem to be interested in, from MY perspective."
PS: My computer is playing up. Should have read " most attractive football team in the Prem to be interested in, from MY perspective." Cityman23
  • Score: -1

8:43am Wed 5 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

Cityman23 wrote:
The news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City will surely send shockwaves through the managerial side of football. Laudrup replaced Brendan Rogers at the provincial side and successful led them to Premier League safety AND a major national trophy, importantly playing flowing attractive attacking football. City suffered at the end of tis 'football' but what sugared the bitter pill of that 5-0 thrshing (apart from th Citu fans' response to it) was the style of ply was top class and the way the game SHOULD be played! Perhaps I am not alone amongst City fan in saying I've followed the Swans' results ever since. To me this partly-owned -by- their-fans team is te ost attractive football team to beinterested in from myperspective. But to sack oneof the best young managers around when the team is in 12th place in their league wlll make al managers feel a good deal less secure. 'PP'..be warned!
You do not know the individual circumstances that contributed to the decision at Swansea.

Football management is precarious but it is impossible to compare like for like.

Is that some sort of warning shot you are firing at Parky?
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: The news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City will surely send shockwaves through the managerial side of football. Laudrup replaced Brendan Rogers at the provincial side and successful led them to Premier League safety AND a major national trophy, importantly playing flowing attractive attacking football. City suffered at the end of tis 'football' but what sugared the bitter pill of that 5-0 thrshing (apart from th Citu fans' response to it) was the style of ply was top class and the way the game SHOULD be played! Perhaps I am not alone amongst City fan in saying I've followed the Swans' results ever since. To me this partly-owned -by- their-fans team is te ost attractive football team to beinterested in from myperspective. But to sack oneof the best young managers around when the team is in 12th place in their league wlll make al managers feel a good deal less secure. 'PP'..be warned![/p][/quote]You do not know the individual circumstances that contributed to the decision at Swansea. Football management is precarious but it is impossible to compare like for like. Is that some sort of warning shot you are firing at Parky? Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Old Dave says...

Laudrup went now because he has made it known since he got the job that he wouldn't stay longer than his contract. lets get it straight, Swansea won the league cup by beating Chelsea over two legs. they beat a decent fourth division team in the final. Last year when his stock was high, he could have walked away, or signed an extension. But he has always maintained that he would only see out his contract.

On Luke Oliver; He was criticised because he was a Taylor buy when Taylor was unpopular. playing him upfront compounded it. up until the season before last there were plenty of players who came in to the club and didnt perform. Thankfully, he got another opportunity, and will always be well regarded by City fans because of his involvement in 2011-12 and us staying up. the same cant be said for the likes of Duff, Docherty, Boulding, McLaren etc.... I could go on!
Laudrup went now because he has made it known since he got the job that he wouldn't stay longer than his contract. lets get it straight, Swansea won the league cup by beating Chelsea over two legs. they beat a decent fourth division team in the final. Last year when his stock was high, he could have walked away, or signed an extension. But he has always maintained that he would only see out his contract. On Luke Oliver; He was criticised because he was a Taylor buy when Taylor was unpopular. playing him upfront compounded it. up until the season before last there were plenty of players who came in to the club and didnt perform. Thankfully, he got another opportunity, and will always be well regarded by City fans because of his involvement in 2011-12 and us staying up. the same cant be said for the likes of Duff, Docherty, Boulding, McLaren etc.... I could go on! Old Dave
  • Score: 0

6:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
The news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City will surely send shockwaves through the managerial side of football. Laudrup replaced Brendan Rogers at the provincial side and successful led them to Premier League safety AND a major national trophy, importantly playing flowing attractive attacking football. City suffered at the end of tis 'football' but what sugared the bitter pill of that 5-0 thrshing (apart from th Citu fans' response to it) was the style of ply was top class and the way the game SHOULD be played! Perhaps I am not alone amongst City fan in saying I've followed the Swans' results ever since. To me this partly-owned -by- their-fans team is te ost attractive football team to beinterested in from myperspective. But to sack oneof the best young managers around when the team is in 12th place in their league wlll make al managers feel a good deal less secure. 'PP'..be warned!
You do not know the individual circumstances that contributed to the decision at Swansea.

Football management is precarious but it is impossible to compare like for like.

Is that some sort of warning shot you are firing at Parky?
I am a peace-loving chap so I don't carry weapons to fire at anytbody!!

Seriously, no, it was not intended to be a 'threat' to 'PP'. I believe he should stay till the end of his 3 years at City (a time period most mgrs. should be given) and then at THAT time a decision should be made as to whether to keep him or make a change.

Rather, my point was to say, if someone like M Laudrup is dispensible after what he has achieved at a club like Swasea-no-one can be said to be 'bomb proof' (to match your 'weapon' phrase!!)
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: The news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City will surely send shockwaves through the managerial side of football. Laudrup replaced Brendan Rogers at the provincial side and successful led them to Premier League safety AND a major national trophy, importantly playing flowing attractive attacking football. City suffered at the end of tis 'football' but what sugared the bitter pill of that 5-0 thrshing (apart from th Citu fans' response to it) was the style of ply was top class and the way the game SHOULD be played! Perhaps I am not alone amongst City fan in saying I've followed the Swans' results ever since. To me this partly-owned -by- their-fans team is te ost attractive football team to beinterested in from myperspective. But to sack oneof the best young managers around when the team is in 12th place in their league wlll make al managers feel a good deal less secure. 'PP'..be warned![/p][/quote]You do not know the individual circumstances that contributed to the decision at Swansea. Football management is precarious but it is impossible to compare like for like. Is that some sort of warning shot you are firing at Parky?[/p][/quote]I am a peace-loving chap so I don't carry weapons to fire at anytbody!! Seriously, no, it was not intended to be a 'threat' to 'PP'. I believe he should stay till the end of his 3 years at City (a time period most mgrs. should be given) and then at THAT time a decision should be made as to whether to keep him or make a change. Rather, my point was to say, if someone like M Laudrup is dispensible after what he has achieved at a club like Swasea-no-one can be said to be 'bomb proof' (to match your 'weapon' phrase!!) Cityman23
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