With the takeover of Bolton Wanderers believed to be close to completion, it’s a telling sign that incoming Bolton owner Sharon Brittan, who is heading the Football Ventures bid, has supposedly met with Wanderers’ manager Phil Parkinson this afternoon.
The pair were photographed together, meeting in a Manchester coffee shop and from what we gather from social media, the meeting has not resulted in the manager losing his job.
But what’s the meaning behind such a meeting?
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Bolton’s new owners all-but-confirmed
With the club’s administrators announcing that a Heads of Terms agreement had been reached on June 29, the Football Ventures consortium took a giant leap towards becoming the new Bolton owner.
Now that Sharon Brittan, who is heading the consortium’s bid, has been seen with the club’s manager, it almost guarantees that they’re in position to take over from the failed previous regime.
Fingers crossed we have a much more stable time with these new owners coming in.
Parkinson to keep his job… for now
Despite calls from many fans for Parkinson to lose his job, with 29 days until the season starts, it would be counter-productive to sack the manager now.
As we explored in yesterday’s column, while he’s not perfect, Parkinson is definitely the best choice Bolton have for the manager as things stand.
If Bolton start next season and fall into a rut early on, Parky’s days could then be numbered but for now, stability is definitely the key for Wanderers.
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Work for next season has begun
The matters being discussed between the two today are obviously unknown but it would make sense that Parkinson and Brittan have laid down some sort of framework of a plan to kickstart Bolton’s recovery.
Something that will undoubtedly help with that, is the booking of two more friendlies this afternoon that will see Bolton face off against Chester and Preston North End on July 19 and 23 respectively.
However, some frantic recruitment work is needed if Bolton are to field a capable squad in these upcoming friendlies.
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