Aidy's position better than Parky's
By Carl MarstonCOLCHESTER United are in a better position now, under current boss Aidy Boothroyd, than they were when Phil Parkinson guided the U's to the Championship four years ago.
By Carl Marston
COLCHESTER United are in a better position now, under current boss Aidy Boothroyd, than they were when Phil Parkinson guided the U's to the Championship four years ago.
The U's class of 2005-06, although eventually securing promotion, cannot compete with Boothroyd's boys at present.
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The current-day U's are higher in the league, have won more games, lost fewer and scored more goals, than Parkinson's men.
Of course United went on a great run during the second half of the campaign, four seasons ago, to claim the second automatic promotion slot behind Southend United.
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And it looks likely that the U's will have even more competition, in their quest to return to the Championship for next year, with Leeds United odds-on to win the title and ironically Parkinson's current team, Charlton, six points clear in second spot.
But the current comparison will give heart to Colchester fans.
Below is a breakdown of the stats for the two seasons, after the comparative 21 games:
Parkinson's team (05-06)
Best result: 5-0 v Gillingham
Leading scorers: Chris Iwelumo, Mark Yeates, Neil Danns Key defenders: Wayne Brown, Liam Chilvers
Boothroyd's team (09-10)
Best result: 7-1 win at Norwich City
Leading marksmen: Kevin Lisbie, Clive Platt, Kayode Odejayi Key defenders: Magnus Okunoghae, Marc Tierney