Phil Parkinson has updated fans on the latest injury news, transfer situation and his thoughts on 'Project Big Picture' ahead of this weekend's trip to Swindon Town.
The Gaffer’s Swindon Preview
"I saw them last weekend, and perhaps were unlucky not to get something from the game. They're a good football team who look to play out from the back. At times they can play through teams, and at other times they can be exposed as well. We need to look at both sides of the games and see how we can hurt them. We're obviously pleased with our points return. It can obviously be better. Two points per game is a good ratio and it's one we've got to strive to maintain. There have been some good individual performances. We always want more and we'll strive towards that. I think that engine room is important and we've got the ability to change that around. Josh Scowen has really found his feet in recent weeks. He's had to be patient. Dan Neil is growing into it, and the bonus we say each week is Grant (Leadbitter) We've got some good players in that department. However, Denver (Hume) has got a slight knee problem so he's a doubt; he has jarred his knee in training earlier this week. Not serious but I think the Swindon game may come too soon"
Parkinson Injury Update
"Unfortunately, Arbenit (Xhemajli) suffered a very serious knee injury whilst he was away with Kosovo, He will be out for the remainder of the season and it’s a real shame for him because he had settled into the club well. We feel for him, but we will give him all the support he needs to get through it, from the medical team and the staff to the players. That creates a gap with Morgan Feeney being out injured as well who has the potential to be involved. The early signs were positive from him. We're looking at a possibility, as everyone knows there's a deadline. It leaves us light in terms of numbers. Benji Kimpioka came back in good shape. He needed some game time and he's come back and done well so far.”
PP Transfer Update
“It's something we're looking at, and if it's before Friday then good. But there are players out of contract who are available after Friday. At the moment, I'd say before Friday, permanent deals are probably unlikely. I think like everybody, it's really strange times in football. We're waiting for this proposed bailout to see what level of money will be given to help run the football club. There are bigger issues as well as bringing players in. Aiden (McGeady) at the moment is training with the U23s. We haven't had any calls for him; he's probably in that situation where clubs haven't got the money to bring anyone else in. I stand by what I’ve said before. We've got the youngsters who are ready to play their part in this run where there's going to be lots of games. We've got the option of those, and we want to give them the chance if it comes along. The salary cap dictates that to a certain degree, but I think the transfer window ends tomorrow. There are bailout talks, and every manager and agent I speak to is the same. They're nervous about spending more money. I just think it's common sense to not increase your expenditure when there's no guarantee of money coming in at this stage."
The Boss on Project Big Picture
"I think with the news that came out earlier in the week, it sounded like something that got leaked sooner than it should have done. It's been quickly squashed which there's obviously reasons for them. The sustainability of lower-league football is crucial for the pyramid, and it's good there's talks around that. There needs to be a bailout. I feel the people in charge of those clubs have got a duty to the rest of the country to make sure football continues and clubs can stay in business. I thought it was quite dangerous for a small group of clubs to get more power. Equally for a lot of EFL clubs, it was probably quite tempting to sway towards it."