With another season now over, is it time for Bolton boss Phil Parkinson to leave?
Putting aside talk of Bolton’s impending administration and other financial misgivings for a moment, on the pitch Bolton have suffered one of the worst seasons in the history of the club.
As well as only notching a meagre 8 wins all season, the current Wanderers team has set a record for the most defeats in the club’s history with a depressing 30 losses in the league alone.
It’s fairly certain that a lot of blame has to be placed at the players’ feet, wage issues aside. Those representing Bolton on the pitch have simply not been good enough this year.
But part of that blame has to go in the direction of the man who signed these players and picked the team each week, Phil Parkinson.
Of course, Parkinson has cobbled a team together on a shoestring budget for the last three years and performed miracles to get the team promoted from League One and then to keep the side in the Championship against all odds at the end of last season.
On top of that, Parky’s attitude and dignity when the walls of the club came crashing down around the team this season has been exemplary.
But is he the man to take the club forward?
As I write this, BT Sport is on in the background and Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona have just hammered Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in a re-run of the 2012 Champions League last 16 match at the Nou Camp.
Obviously, we’re never going to see football like that played at the UniBol but Parkinson’s brand of hoofball clearly isn’t working for the team, or the fans. Not only does lumping the ball upfield result in lost possession on almost every single occasion but it’s also desperately dreary to watch. When you have a team who struggle to put a string of three or four passes together, something definitely needs to change.
While Parkinson has been a loyal servant to the club for the last three years and has shown incredible resolve in what must be an almost untenable position, his time at Bolton Wanderers sadly has to come to an end.
With Bolton almost guaranteed to enter into administration within the coming days and the majority of the team set to leave as well, instant promotion from League One looks all-but impossible at this moment in time.
Therefore, what the club needs more than anything is a complete and total rebuild. Sadly for Parkinson, I just don’t feel as if he’s the man to lead the club through that much-needed revamp.
In an ideal world and if Parkinson was to go, Bolton should try to bring in a young, up-and-coming manager who’s willing to take risks with the style of football on show, to try and inject some life back into the team with a younger squad with room to grow, someone with a huge passion for club. Someone like Kevin Nolan perhaps?
With the club in such a perilous position, it’s a job that few will want and seeing Kevin Nolan in the manager’s seat at Bolton is little more than clutching at straws but after the season we’ve all endured, we need some ray of hope to cling on to.
After all, it can’t get any worse for Bolton, can it?
The year is 2022 #BWFC have had their court case for insolvency successfully adjourned for the 43rd time. Needing a win to stay in the National League, Parkinson bemoans the spending power of Dover Athletic who recently splashed out £50 on a striker. Oztumer still on the bench.
— Luke Taylor (@Lukeyt_BWFC) May 8, 2019