Yesterday, just before the news broke that Bolton’s administrators had found a preferred bidder to take over at Bolton Wanderers, The Bolton News ran an article about how David Lee would love a shot at Bolton’s top job, based on an interview he gave with BBC Radio Manchester’s The Wanderer podcast.
That got us thinking, could David Lee be the perfect candidate to become Bolton’s next manager?
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Bolton’s current boss
For the last three seasons, Phil Parkinson has led Bolton Wanderers with a calm-headed, if a little one-dimensional, approach.
Under his stewardship, Bolton earned automatic promotion from League One in 2017 and avoided relegation with a final day miracle in 2018.
The last 12 months have been a much tougher prospect for the Wanderers boss though as financial matters off the pitch and an underperforming squad on the pitch doomed Bolton to administration and relegation.
After such a tumultuous season and the departure of the majority of the club’s players, Wanderers’ potential new owners could very well see this as an opportunity for a fresh approach in the dugout as well.
And who better for the role than legendary Wanderers winger and current Head Coach of Bolton’s development squad, David Lee?
David Lee’s ambitions
In the aforementioned interview with The Wanderer podcast, when asked about the potential of the managerial job Lee said: “Who knows what the future holds?”
Lee continued: “Bolton Wanderers is my life and I love the club from top to bottom.
“I love the people that work there, the supporters, the town and it is my life.
“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.”
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But why would he be the perfect fit for the role?
David Lee spent five years as Bolton player between 1992 and 1997 before moving on to Wigan.
After his playing career came to an end, Lee returned to Wigan as a youth coach until Wanderers offered him the role of Assistant Academy Director in 2008.
Lee has spent the last 11 years working with Wanderers’ youth teams and currently holds the role of Head Coach for Bolton’s development squad.
As a result, Lee has a huge knowledge of the inner-workings of the club and has plenty of experience bringing through talented youth players.
Under his watch, Bolton have brought through the likes of Josh Vela, Rob Holding, Zach Clough and recently Luca Connell.
With most of Bolton’s first team players leaving the club this summer, a lot of the focus is likely to fall on the upcoming youth prospects.
Therefore, who could better to bridge the gap for these emerging youth players than David Lee?
Of course, the decision of who leads the team next season rests with Bolton’s incoming owners but surely Bolton can do a lot worse than giving David Lee a shot at the top job?