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Sam Ricketts On Joe Parkinson

12 November 2019

Sam Ricketts spoke for the first time today following Joe Parkinson's departure.

News broke yesterday afternoon that First Team Development Coach, Joe Parkinson had left the club with immediate effect to become assistant manager at Hartlepool United.

Joe joined the club in July this summer and soon became an integral part of the backroom staff.

Although the timing of the departure came as a bit of a surprise to Sam he was more than understanding as to why Joe felt the desire to move on to the next chapter in his career.

"We weren't expecting it but an opportunity came up for Joe to go as an assistant manager and it just shows what good staff we have here, obviously we had Eric Ramsay leave for Chelsea earlier in the year as well.

"We wish Joe well, sometimes these opportunities just come up and as a club, we like to push people as we want them to get better so when an opportunity comes along it's hard to say you can't go even though we would have loved him to have stayed."

Sam doesn't believe the change in backroom staff should change the dynamic of the team too much.

"I don't think it changes too much really, we'll just carry on as normal whilst we look to replace Joe. We'll just take it from there, football is an ever-evolving game and environment. You can get changed next to a player for two or three years and the next minute the player is sold or gone for whatever reason. I know it sounds harsh but you almost forget they were there and that's just what football is.

"I'm happy with how things are at the moment but as and when the right person comes available we'll certainly look to replace that position."

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