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INSIDE WANDERERS: Why keeping hold of Phil Parkinson makes sense

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Sluffy

Sluffy
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IT will soon be time to draw a line under administration, Ken Anderson and the financial misery which has turned BoltonWanderers
Football Club into a case study on failed governance.
By this time next week there will be a game to talk about, new players to discuss fresh grounds to visit and a League One campaign coming sharply into view.
New ownership with different ideas will be at the helm, and with a minimum 12 points to make up from day one there can be little room for error if their arrival is to spell the end of this club’s decline.

This whole administration has been concentrated into two months, which is quite swift as football clubs go. The lights of a new season have been blinking light a lighthouse for several weeks – but now we can see waves breaking on the rocks.

It is any wonder, then, that with so much needing to be packed into so little time, Phil Parkinson appears to have been sounded out to continue as manager?
Back in May I questioned whether Wanderers were going to be forced into a change, despite having the best person for the job still on the books.

Parkinson’s record in the third tier is up there with the very best. His style was exactly what a wounded Wanderers needed in 2016 – and three years later, there are comparisons to be drawn. Is the same steady hand needed again to ensure Bolton do not fall any further?

But let's be honest, the rationale for fans who want to see a change of manager is not one of personality, it is more a rebellion against his perceived style of football. And at such a crucial juncture in this club’s history, should entertainment value really come into play?
The majority of the criticism aimed towards Wanderers’ football came after their Championship return. Two seasons battling against bigger budgets and the club’s own inner demons raised the levels of frustration on the terraces but shows of visible dissent towards the manager were relatively few and far between.

There were ugly scenes at Burton Albion when it appeared defeat was sending the club toppling towards relegation in April 2018, and pockets of chanting in the final few months of last season as Wanderers’ fate was unfolding. There was nothing as vitriolic as that aimed at previous managers like Gary Megson, Dougie Freedman or even Phil Neal.

Parkinson knows that last season’s failures on the pitch will follow him. And if nothing else, if he is backed by the incoming owners he knows there will be a finite amount of patience on the terraces if the team make a poor start.

It is fair to assume that if the takeover had been wrapped up earlier there would have been more time to consider a change, examine the options available. But many supporters are now coming around to the idea that while Parkinson’s brand of football is not universally popular, there is a bigger picture.

You could even argue that Parkinson and his backroom staff deserve a shot at managing this great club without all the ‘crazy’. They managed to keep a lid on things in 2016/17 to get promotion yet the environment they inherited on arrival from Bradford City can hardly be considered normal.

Wanderers’ fans protested against the owner but in the end it was not the people carrying placards and chanting who forced Anderson out of the door, it was the ones who didn’t turn up at all. I’d like to think that was done to prove a point about the club and the direction it was heading.

Now that a fresh start is on the cards shouldn’t people be showing that it is the club they support, and not (necessarily) the manager?

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/17754973.inside-wanderers-keeping-hold-phil-parkinson-makes-sense/

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I was one of the people who wanted him out but it makes sense to keep him for now at least, we have enough uncertainty and bringing in another manager will only add to that.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
It makes no sense at all.

A couple of defeats and the toxic atmosphere will be back.

MartinBWFC

MartinBWFC
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Natasha Whittam wrote:It makes no sense at all.

A couple of defeats and the toxic atmosphere will be back.
Agree with this, go a goal down at Wycombe and the atmosphere will turn ugly, I don't know why he'd put himself in that position.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I think we as fans have to realise the amount of shit we are in. We have no squad and less than a month to go till the season starts. We will be very lucky to avoid another relegation so a toxic atmosphere isn't going to help is it?

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Plan B should be to fire whoever came up with plan A.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I think we've left it too late to sack him anyway. He'll just have to get on with it, and we can see where we stand come December.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Norpig wrote:We will be very lucky to avoid another relegation so a toxic atmosphere isn't going to help is it?

We are notoriously fickle fans. Lose at Wycombe and then our first home game and the bedsheets will be out.

It doesn't matter how much of a mess we are in, no Bolton fan is going to accept being bottom of League 1.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
We will be bottom for at least a month starting on -12 anyway, so we need to get behind whoever is pulling on the white shirt.

You are right about fickle fans though Nat

MartinBWFC

MartinBWFC
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Norpig wrote:I think we as fans have to realise the amount of shit we are in. We have no squad and less than a month to go till the season starts. We will be very lucky to avoid another relegation so a toxic atmosphere isn't going to help is it?
Nothing fickle about wanting a change in management, he's a proven negative manager, nothing will change with him still around, and he's certainly not the right manager to claw 12 points back in a hurry.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I'm not a big fan of him either Martin, but at this late stage we don't have a lot of choice do we? If the whole takeover had gone through weeks ago then i would have said get shut of him then.

gloswhite

gloswhite
Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
We are where we are. If the new owners have a different manager in mind I see no difference between and old manager and new players or a new manager and new players. 
Whoever the players are, they still have to learn their managers tactics and game play, (although we know Parky throws his out of the window as soon as the pressure is on).

sunlight

sunlight
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
Hes been renewing his tax credits.

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