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Here’s to you, Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson departs the UNIBOL

Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One - Macron Stadium Photo by Barrington Coombs/PA Images via Getty Images

Breaking news coming out of the UNIBOL tonight, Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin have parted ways with Bolton Wanderers.

Joining in the summer of 2016 ahead of Wanderers’ first third tier season since 1993, he successfully lead the club back to the Championship at the first time of asking, all whilst being under a transfer embargo, limiting their new additions to consist only of free agents and loanees.

Parkinson then lead Wanderers to a miraculous final day relegation survival upon the return to the Championship, a day that will be fondly remembered by all Wanderers fans for years to come.

After a torrid final season, overshadowed by the horrendous off-field circumstances at the club, Wanderers were relegated back to League One. Despite everything Parkinson and his staff had to deal with throughout the course of Ken Anderson’s tenure, he carried himself with the utmost professionalism and humility.

From going months and months unpaid, to dealing with the likes of Ken Anderson, the administrators and the on-going Laurence Bassini saga, it doesn't take a genius to realise that he was at the end of his tether.

I want to place on record my sheer gratitude to Phil Parkinson for providing me with some of the best memories of supporting this club. I want to thank him for the professionalism and dedication he has shown over the past three years, more importantly over the past few months. I wish him nothing but the absolute best for the future. After what he has put up with at this club, that is all he deserves.

Thank you, Phil.