Phil Parkinson leaves Bolton after three years

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 August 2019, 19:25

Phil Parkinson has become the third Football League manager to leave his post this season after he handed Bolton his resignation, as did his assistant Steve Parkin.

Last week we saw Sol Campbell exit Macclesfield by mutual consent, while Jan Siewert suffered the sack at Huddersfield.

The Bolton News reports that Parkinson reportedly informed Bolton of his intention to leave prior to last weekend's 5-0 defeat to Tranmere, and he's since told the publication:

"I felt it was the right time to go”.

Parkinson left Bradford to join Bolton in June 2016, citing his need for a fresh challenge after five years in charge of the Bantams.

In his first season he led the Trotters to promotion into the Championship despite the club's high-profile financial difficulties and transfer embargo.

He then remarkably kept them in the Championship - following a stunning 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on the final day - but suffered relegation last term, before being smacked with a 12-point deduction in the summer after the club entered into administration.

A flurry of players have since departed, while Bolton have been unable to sign anyone.

They've gone on to pick up one point from three league games - a creditable draw against Coventry - while they lost 5-2 to Rochdale in the League Cup.

Earlier this week they postponed their clash with Doncaster due to the welfare of their young players.

On Wednesday night a spokesperson from Bolton said:

"The club has received the notice of resignation from manager Phil Parkinson and assistant manager Steve Parkin and the matter is being considered."

It’s not yet known who will oversee the first-team, although Academy Director and former Interim boss Jimmy Phillips looks like the most likely option at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, Parkinson has been cut from 33/1 to just 7/2 to become the next Huddersfield manager.

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