Bolton Takeover Complete: Here’s four realistic managerial replacements for Phil Parkinson

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 29 August 2019, 14:33

After months of uncertainty, fears for the future of the 145-year-old club, cancelled matches and a departed manager, Bolton at long last had some good news on Wednesday after they were saved from EFL expulsion following the completed takeover from Football Ventures (Whites) Limited.

Bolton, who have one draw and three defeats from four League One games, will now go in search of their first victory of the season on Saturday against Steve Evans’ Gillingham, who are also winless.

Jimmy Phillips is currently in temporary charge of Bolton and will be the man at the helm this weekend, but what about the club’s next full-time manager? Below we take a look at four realistic names in the frame - odds provided by Star Sports.

Kevin Nolan

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Signed at the age of 16, Nolan went on to play 345 games for Bolton spanning 10 years, during which he helped win promotion to the Premier League, then played a pivotal role in the club’s transformation into an established top-flight team.

In terms of managerial experience, Nolan became the youngest manager in the Football League in 2016 when he took charge of Leyton Orient aged 32. But, after just 15 matches he was rather harshly removed from his position, despite overseeing seven wins.

In 2017, he returned to the dugout with Notts County and in his first - and only - full season led the club into the League Two play-offs, only to be axed a few months later; a decision which left the young gaffer ‘shocked’ and ‘hurt’.

The Bolton legend would be a popular pick amongst many of the Trotters faithful and could provide a much needed boost, in the short-term at least.

He’s currently the 5/2 favourite to be named as Parkinson’s permanent replacement, and last week BBC Sport ran an article which stated that Nolan would be interested in the job, so watch this space.

Jimmy Phillips

Given that he’s already in the hot seat, albeit as caretaker, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if the Academy Director continued to oversee the first team for the foreseeable future - considering that the betting states that ‘permanent’ is 10 competitive matches Jimmy Phillips looks a decent bet at 7/2.

His record isn’t great, in three spells as Bolton’s caretaker Phillips has registered just two wins from 14 matches. Although in his defence, he’s always been forced to pick up the pieces in difficult circumstances.

Phillips, who is Bolton through-and-through, is once again being tasked with steadying the ship and will continue to do so until the new owners reveal what they plan to do about the managerial situation.

Keith Hill

When Parkinson revealed he had handed in his resignation, Keith Hill’s name swiftly did the rounds on social media. The former Barnsley and Rochdale boss has been out-of-work since his second spell at the latter came to an end back in March, now after a stint in the Job Centre he's no doubt itching to return to the dugout.

Hill has an abundance of experience, knows how to develop young players, and given that he’s without a club Bolton wouldn’t have to shell out compensation for his services.

The Bolton-born gaffer definitely represents an attractive option - he’s also a tasty price at 25/1 - but whether Bolton would be able to lure him over is another matter entirely.

David Lee

Another man already at the club is Development Squad coach David Lee, a 25/1 shot to become the club’s new manager.

Lee spent the majority of his playing career in the North West with Bolton, Bury and Wigan then in the summer of 2016 he was elevated from Bolton’s U18s to their U23s manager following Parkinson’s arrival.

Lee, who played in Bolton’s famous 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool in 1993, knows the youth system inside-out and previously revealed to The Wanderer podcast in June that he would love to manage the first team.

“No disrespect to the managers who have been there, or there now, but if someone threw me a lifeline and asked ‘David Lee would you like to be the Bolton Wanderers manager?’ I think you know the answer. I would love the opportunity.”

Any Others?

A cluster of club legends also feature in the betting, ranging from the 9/1 Kevin Davies, 10/1 priced Sam Allardyce, and Jussi Jaaskelainen at 20/1.

Elsewhere, Nigel Pearson can be found at just 9/1, Owen Coyle is 10/1, while Parkinson can be backed at 16/1 to make a shock return. Harry Kewell is a 40/1 outsider.

For the slightly more ambitious Peter Kay is a 1000/1 shot...

All odds provided by Star Sports

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