Bolton boss Phil Parkinson joins the promotion party

by Jack Kitson / 02 May 2017, 11:06

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Phil Parkinson became the seventh manager from the Football League to win promotion this season after booking Bolton’s place in the Championship.

Those seven automatic promotion places on offer have now all been snapped up: Chris Hughton (Brighton) and Rafa Benitez) will both be Premier League managers next season, while Parkinson joins Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) in the Championship, whereas Derek Adams (Plymouth), Darren Ferguson (Doncaster) and Paul Cook (Portsmouth) all led their respective clubs up to League One.

Bolton’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Peterborough, in front of over 22,000 fans at the Macron, cemented 2nd spot in League One, which in turn secured an instant return to the second-tier in Parkinson’s first season at the helm.

Phil Parkinson

Last summer the 49-year-old traded dugouts from Bradford (leaving the club after five years) to Bolton and it’s subsequently proved to be a successful switch, even more so due to the fact that the club has been plagued by a transfer embargo.

However, in the end only champions Sheffield United finished above Bolton in the table, while the club had the season’s staunchest defence, conceding only 36 goals in 46 games.

But, this is only the start of the journey, according to the club’s ambitious chairman Ken Anderson, who has already targeted the Championship play-offs next term…

Parkinson has been a huge hit at Wanderers, and he can now add his latest achievement to a CV which already includes promotions with Colchester (up to League One) and Bradford (up to League Two), while he also led the latter the 2013 League Cup final.

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