After yet another toothless defeat that extends Bolton’s run without a win to nine games, the question has to be asked, is manager Phil Parkinson’s time up at Bolton?
The former Bradford manager took over at the start of the 2016/17 season, shortly after the side’s relegation to the doldrums of League One.
To his credit he has worked miracles at Bolton, getting the team promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking and keeping them up on the final day the season after with next to no funding.
However, after what was a promising start to this season that saw Bolton flirting with the playoff places, the team’s form has become the worst in the league.
Bolton last won in September and have only managed two draws in the nine games since.
What do the fans think?
Parkinson has already been under pressure for some weeks, but the latest defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was the final straw for some fans who took to Twitter to express their concerns.
Can we just sack Parky now? Its clearly reached that point. Thanks for the past 2 years but youre not doing the business this season. The fact that serious fight and effort is lacking throughout the team to compensate for lack of quality is a testament to how bad it is atm. #bwfc
— James Jarvis (@RealJamesJarvis) 28 November 2018
League 1 on the horizon and it doesn’t look pretty #bwfc
— Joe Reynolds (@joeyyreynolds) 28 November 2018
That clean slate parkinson was talking about after after the international break did not last long. The rot at bolton has set in and nothing will change until either money is invested or the manager is replaced #bwfc
— Ash Roberts 👍🏽🇬🇧 (@AshRoberts22) 28 November 2018
Love Parky, love what hes done for us in getting us promoted and keeping us up with no money, but he has to go now or were going to go straight back to square one. 3 years progress out of the window #bwfc
— Jarhead (@JJBentley89) 28 November 2018
I’ve defended Parky and the Anderson’s to the hilt and taken lots of grief for it in the North Stand. However, lose Saturday and it all has to change. We are in serious trouble. #BWFC
— Adam Smith (@smithadamj) 28 November 2018
Huge frustration around and I can’t argue with any of it. Getting the majority – or at least the loudest – fans back onside looks impossible at this juncture for Parkinson. Bigger question is can he lift the players? Worrying times. #bwfc
— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) 28 November 2018
With the pressure mounting ever more on the club and manager to turn things around, Saturday’s derby against Wigan could be make or break for Parkinson.