The boss’ press conference ahead of the clash with Charlton at The Valley was interrupted by a mystery voice from someone on Zoom who hadn’t turned their mic off! He took it in good spirits and cheekily replied to the mystery woman saying “oh thank you” when she described him as ‘beautiful and cheeky’, this didn’t stop Parky giving an update on the squad, transfers and previewing the trip to South London.
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“Max Power has trained this week; Lynden Gooch had a slight problem with his groin this week but has joined in today. Chris Maguire obviously came off last week but he’s very close as well he Maguire is a doubt though, but if he doesn’t make this week, he’ll certainly be back in training Monday or Tuesday next week. Chris had a decent start to the season, I felt he was a bit disappointing at the start of the last game, and I had a chat with him about that, but Chrissy has craft and end product, which ultimately decides football games. Obviously, George Dobson won’t be involved either as he’s still suspended.”
Parkinson Transfer Update
“We know what we'd like to do and it's more and less what I say all the time, we did have a player up for an assessment this week but medically he wasn't quite right, so we've put that on the back burner. There are one or two loan players who we identified right at the very start of the summer, but whose parent clubs are still umming and ahhing about whether they are going to let them out. And with the loans, any young player we've got to be sure that they are significantly better than what we've got at the club. We've got Jack Diamond, we've got Dan Neil, and Benji Kimpioka has signed his contract. Benji is a good young option to have; he’s signed his new contract for a year, with another year’s option in the club’s favour. He has been training over in Sweden which means he’s not as far away from full fitness as we might have thought. We’ll get him involved in some matches for the under 23s to get some game time under his belt, and he can start pushing himself towards first-team inclusion. There has been much talk about him, and we want Benji to let his football do the talking. If he can push his way into the first-team picture then great, and if not then we’ll look to loan him out like we did with Jack Diamond – where he got that first-team exposure elsewhere. He needs to get his head down, concentrate each day, be the best he can in training, and he has a big opportunity with us. Now we’re into October, we’re coming into a time where games are going to be Saturday/Tuesday – so all striking combinations are going to be utilised. We’re looking at the options we’ve got, everyone’s getting used to playing the way we want to play, and with the nature of the season we are looking at all options. We see a route for these players into our first team, so it's pointless bringing them in unless they will play. We're looking, but we've got a decent squad and the competition is decent at the moment.”
Parky’s Virus Update
“Obviously, I don't think anyone can hide away from the fact that the announcement last week, that crowds weren't coming into the ground for a prolonged period of time, has knocked everybody, there is a situation where we are all waiting to see what will happen, whether there will be a bail out. Every club is the same at the moment.”
"Charlton have got some good players and they’re another team who will be up there at the end of the season, we’ve got to try and capitalise on the lack of confidence that is around the place for them at the moment. We’re pleased with our start to the season. We’ve just had two excellent results against teams who we expect to be in the top six. In terms of the discipline and the work rate of the lads, it’s been excellent, and I couldn’t ask for much more. There’s things we’ve looked at with the lads about how we can take the Peterborough performance up a level and into Charlton, and hopefully we can achieve that."