Thanks to the departure of Phil Parkinson last week, Bolton have been left in need of a new manager and some fans have already singled out Kevin Nolan as the man they want.
With the long-awaited arrival of Football Ventures as Bolton’s new owners, the club can finally turn a corner and put itself on the right path once again.
However, there’s a lot of work to be done by the new owners to get the club back into the fighting force it needs to be.
One item on the agenda is the hiring of a new manager to lead the team throughout the rest of the season.
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Unsurprisingly, Bolton legend Kevin Nolan has emerged as one of the fan’s favourites for the job but can the relatively inexperienced manager succeed as Wanderers’ manager?
The ex-midfielder began his professional career at Bolton and played for the Trotters for over 10 years after starting out in the club’s youth system. During his time at Wanderers, Nolan earned the admiration of fanbase and his manager when he was named as the club’s captain following the departure of Jay-Jay Okocha.
As mentioned, Kevin Nolan hasn’t had the longest of managerial careers to date with the ex-Wanderer boasting roles at Leyton Orient and Notts County on his CV. However, Nolan has definitely impressed in his short career so far and was arguably dismissed too soon by Notts County who have since dropped out of the football league.
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Despite his inexperience, Wanderers could do a lot worse than Kevin Nolan. His connection with the club is an obvious draw for the ex-player and fans alike and on top of that, Nolan’s win-percentage at Notts County (41.7%) is actually higher than that of Sam Allardyce’s win-percentage at Bolton (41.2%).
Of course, there are a number of other candidates whose name has come up after the manager’s job became vacant. Another firm favourite for fans is Wanderers’ Under-23 manager David Lee, another ex-player who has a long and storied history with Bolton Wanderers, although untested in a first-team managerial role.
We’ll have to wait and see who Football Ventures decide to bring in to hopefully stabilise the club but it’s not going to be an easy choice. Without doubt, the biggest crowd-pleaser with the Wanderers fanbase would be to bring back Kevin Nolan as the club’s manager and in an ideal world, Big Sam as director of football.
Whether we’ll see Nobby back at Bolton remains to be seen. But one thing that is certain, it’s nice to be talking about football again.