PHIL Parkinson has praised the impact Gary Waddock has made at Southend United.

Waddock took charge of the Shrimpers for Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Fleetwood Town.

And Parkinson was impressed by the reaction of Blues players who have yet to win this season.

“I thought Gary Waddock did well on Saturday,” said the former Bolton and Bradford boss speaking on Quest TV.

“He got a reaction from the players and you could see that.

“We watched a lot of the game and they had a real go.

“Fleetwood are a good side and it’s an excellent point, albeit scoring three goals you want to take all three points.”

Parkinson had been linked with the vacant managerial role at Roots Hall before Echosport revealed he was not interested in the position.

And Parkinson also tipped former Blues defender Adam Barrett for the role.

“I think it’s a great job for Adam Barrett an ex player and the first step on the managerial ladder,” said Parkinson.

“But it’s not for me.”