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Charlton Athletic and the return of Nicky Bailey
Published : 25 Feb 2010 17:53:39Rss feed
Addicks boss Phil Parkinson has returned to the reaction former midfielder Nicky Bailey got from the Shrimpers faithful back in December, and what he can expect again Friday evening at Roots Hall. Parkinson:The Charlton manager, and the second ex-head farmer we've had to face in three days, Phil Parkinson, has once again fallen to the selected amnesia that befell him last December after the first match between the clubs.While insisting ex-Shrimper Nicky Bailey will not be affected if the boos ring out around a packed Roots Hall, and probably a few words regarding the ginger one's loyalty will be heard again, not all fit for a family audience, it's fair to say that won't stop anyone. In the last game at the Valley, which Charlton won 1-0, the abuse was loud and consistant throughout the 90 minutes, and Parky seems to be unaware of the facts, former players who leave the team saying the right things, if they mean them or not, get treated with the respect they deserve.Bailey is not one of them.However, Parkinson told www.southlondonpress.co.uk: "I was surprised that he got that kind of reaction from them. I thought Nicky was a bit of a legend for what he did there. Sometimes the supporters should look at the bigger picture - they got him for next to nothing and sold him for a big profit. I'm sure the sensible Southend fans will appreciate what Nicky did for their club. If they do choose to get on his back then it will just spur him on to play better. It won't have a negative effect on him."