We have plucked out the pertinent bits, which make for interesting reading:
On Bolton’s season so far…
“I think the fans are pleased about what’s going on on the pitch but they’ll be a little concerned about what’s going on off it with the financial reports just published. It doesn’t make for great reading.
“There’s been a welcome relief on the pitch, with players showing a lot of fight and spirit. The team had a dip in January but they’re right back on it again and Phil Parkinson has set the team up not to lose. The club has made some good signings with the likes Adam Le Fondre to help soften the blow of losing Zach Clough. They’re showing the qualities that are needed to get out of this league and have enough firepower to push for promotion.
I think Sheffield United will go up but Scunthorpe are fluttering a little and I think they can be caught. If Bolton and Sheffield United, my boyhood club, could go up that would be great.”
On a tricky set of games upcoming for Bolton, with fixtures against Sheffield United, Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon…
“They’re unbeaten in the last four and coming in to form so they can face any of those teams and get a result. The Sheffield United game will be a massive, massive game, with the travelling Bolton fans in full voice – it will be some spectacle.
Players such as Mark Davies and Darren Pratley have had long term injuries so they’ve had to replace those players. I think they’re in a good position to get some good results against those clubs.”
On local lad Phil Parkinson and whether the fans will get behind him as such…
“Not particularly to be honest. I don’t think the fans will be too fussed who’s managing as long as they’re getting results.
We’ve sat next to each other at a few games and he’s very humble, very softly spoken but knows exactly what he wants and he’s very much a no-nonsense type manager. The club are very impressed with what he’s doing and under the current circumstances he’s doing a very good job.
The style of football is not always pretty but he’s challenging the players to win games in different ways with a Plan B and Plan C. He tries to keep the other team guessing and it seems to be working.”
On whether Bolton will get the last automatic promotion spot…
“January was difficult but Adam Le Fondre is a player of good enough quality to help the club with their promotion push. They’ve got a fairly healthy squad and I can really see them pushing on now.
It all depends on their game against Sheffield United, if they can get a result there and then get some results at home to Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon then they’ve got a great chance to get promoted automatically.
The fans are enjoying the ride and I think they can second spot ahead of Scunthorpe.”