Bolton are rumoured to be taken over by Football Ventures, and their first big decision would concern the manager.
The 2018/19 season will be one to forget for most Bolton fans, as the ex-Premier League side has plummeted down into the EFL League One amid huge financial issues. Many Bolton fans would argue that the football being displayed is a reflection of the board’s failures; not the manager’s. Football Ventures, Bolton’s potential takeover, may argue otherwise.
Parkinson started his managerial career at Colchester United, where he found unlikely success by achieving promotion into the Championship from League One. He then went on to manage Hull City and Charlton Athletic, before becoming the only manager to take a League Two side to a domestic final at Wembley Stadium whilst managing Bradford City in 2013.
Parkinson joined Bolton in June of 2016. He took the side from League One to the Championship. Following financial issues and a transfer ban, his side struggled to remain in this prestigious league.
Bolton’s manager has an abundance of experience in the EFL League One. With their current instability, it seems unjust to put the relegation solely on the shoulders of Phil Parkinson. With his up and down seasons at Bolton during a rough patch for the club, it is logical to assume that he would flourish under new ownership without detrimental circumstances surrounding him.
If new owners can fix Bolton, Parkinson can take the side back into the Championship as he did once before. However, Football Ventures, Bolton’s potential suitor, may have a particular vision of the club’s future which does not include Phil Parkinson.