I don't attend games anymore as people know but I do/did follow the games on Radio Nuts and the game highlights.
Last season got so bad for me I often couldn't even listen/watch them - nor the midweek games and others that we paid for (thanks to your donations) streams.
I couldn't blame anybody for not wanting to go to games and pay their money to watch that - I wouldn't even if I lived across the road from the ground.
I've nothing against Parky, I thought he did well to build a team to get us up and stay there and I honestly thought the squad we had last season would be good enough to stay up again.
Clearly off the field issues directly some/many players performances on the field which personally I have no time for - they know they are all going to be paid in the end and non of those throwing their toys out of the pram aren't without few hundred thousands or more in their piggy banks.
Look at the performance of players like O'Neil and compare it with that of Ameobi who it seems gave up the ghost when his January transfer to Forest didn't happen.
Parky I guess did his best to keep things going - but at the end of the day it is his job to put a team out that at least has some fight in it and sometimes you have to attack the teams you think you have a chance of getting points from - I can never understand why he doesn't do this and I mean in games prior to the troubles of last season.
I'd have changed managers if I could but for whatever reasons we haven't.
I guess he will have precious little money to build a team so he needs to create a system and pick the players to fit the system.
He's got an ok striker in Magennis and a very decent playmaker at this level in Oztumer, so he's got to make the most of them.
He's got to build a side to win games because we are already 12 points down with maybe more to come because of the stupid, needless strike, so he needs to have a top half of the table side points wise, in order to be a comfortable bottom half of the table team position wise, come the end of the season.
I think therefore he would have no choice other to play with two up front to achieve that as Magennis isn't going to score enough goals on his own up front.
I'd like to see O'Neil back if he would come as no doubt we are going to have to pad the team out with youth and eagerness as we probably won't have the money to fill all the places up with seasoned professionals.
We've got to get some speed into the side even if their end product isn't too great as we need players who can get around the pitch.
I'd like an enforcer in midfield to protect Oztumer so that would probably be Lowe.
Personally I wouldn't touch Wheater with a bargepole if he even wanted to come back but maybe he could still do a job at our level, so would have to swallow my pride and see if he would come for the pittance I would be paying. Maybe even do the same for Vela although the gossip is that his game is suffering because he's too fond of a drink.
I would see if Hobbs fancied it but he is a worry with his injuries.
We definitely need another three strikers not including Hall, to add to Magennis as we are going to play two up front no matter what and need cover for injury suspension, loss of form, players simply being crap. With Hall that would mean 5 strikers in the squad.
I don't know what kids we have who could do it at this level but hopefully there are one or two that can.
Shame Little left, we could have used him at this level. We don't need to worry about keepers.
Parkinson can and does find some gems every now and again - the 'postman' for instance, so maybe he has an idea of who he wants and might get.
The bottom line for me is that he has to build a more attacking team and go two up front. He needs a few old heads in there because we probably will have a load of youth and inexperience in the teams because we can't afford much else. We have to score goals even if that means we leak goals, so probably a commanding centre back like Wheater (although I've never rated him since his boro days) is necessity. Speed also throughout the team and above all a desire to fight and scrap until the last.