PHIL Parkinson could face disciplinary action from the Football Association after picking up a second red card of the season in the 5-1 defeat at Wolves.

The Wanderers boss was ordered from the touchline at Molineux by referee Keith Stroud, on the advice of fourth official Anthony Backhouse, after an angry verbal exchange with opposite number Nuno Espirito Santo in which he left his technical area.

Parkinson protested after the final whistle his spat with the Portuguese coach had been a “simple argument” and both men met after the game to clear the air.

But a second offence within 12 months can carry with it a two-match ban, similar to that handed to Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvahal when he was sent off alongside Parkinson at the Macron Stadium back in August.

The club expects to hear today what happens next, which hinges on the details of the referee’s report. If the FA’s disciplinary panel decides there is a case to answer it is likely they will pass verdict within the next 48 hours.

“We have just had an argument on the touchline,” Parkinson said after the final whistle. “That happens every single week.

“The fourth official seems very young and inexperienced. If managers are going to get sent off for arguing in the dugout then there’s going to be none of us left.

“It was only an argument. They jumped up responding to Wheater’s tackle, I was frustrated with how many of them had jumped up and how vociferous they were. They were not happy with the tackle.

“We exchanged a few words but that’s not anything that doesn’t happen every single week.

“All he had to do was come over and say ‘come on lads, manage it, settle down.’”

Defender David Wheater was also ruled out of next weekend’s crunch clash with Barnsley after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

All of which compounded the misery felt after a comprehensive defeat, which sent Wanderers bottom of the table.

“We have to regroup now,” he said. “We need to show some resilience and start to be difficult to beat again because this was way too open and we gave away too many soft goals.

“It has been a good run, let’s not forget that, in the last seven games we have been excellent. One bad result won’t change that.

“The lads are obviously disappointed because we know we can do better.”