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Why Would Parky Leave Bolton Wanderers Now?

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So how was your Wednesday night going?

I was just getting ready to have my tea (Nandos fakeaway if you must know) when news broke that Bolton Wanderers and Phil Parkinson had consciously uncoupled.

Parkinson, manager for some three seasons, had won over many Wanderers fans with his off-field dignity, though far fewer for what transpired on the pitch.

Brought into the club by Ken Anderson, the former Hull City boss was always more of a practical fit than someone to get the fans excited, but there can be little doubt, looking back, that he was exactly what Bolton needed at that time.

Promotion to League One was assured on the final day of his first season - a campaign where the first shoots of our financial mire came to light. The season wasn’t without hiccups along the way, but credit goes to the man and his team for taking us up despite the many hurdles he faced.

The following season was, however, much less successful. Though this must be caveated with further reference to interference and meddling from higher-up, Parkinson did at times cut a lost and somewhat lonely figure on the sidelines as Wanderers hurtled down the table towards League One. The scenes faced by fans at Burton Albion away will live long in the memory for the wrong reasons.

We all know how that season ended, and by hook or by crook we achieved survival with virtually the last kick of the season ensuring another year of Championship football.

The less said about last season the better. It was, without doubt, one of the worst in the history of the club and surely Parkinson would have lost his job were it not for the distraction of our impending descent into administration and financial oblivion.

The dramas of this season have been well documented and so it begs the question why has Parkinson chosen now to hand in his resignation?

Is it possible that both he and Steve Parkin saw the writing on the wall and wanted to get out before the stink of successive relegations attached itself to them both?

I prefer to think that it is because he knows that we are close to getting sorted and appreciates the need for a clean slate. This might seem somewhat fanciful and romantic in this modern, cynical era, but it’s the eventuality that gives me the most hope that we can move forward as a club.

I don’t think any Bolton supporter particularly wishes Parkinson any ill will for the manner of his departure and there may be some who felt that he was lucky to make it to three years in charge.

Whatever the reason and whatever the circumstances, Parkinson will depart with the best wishes and thanks of the majority ringing in his ears, wherever he turns up next.

No matter what happens to him, Bolton Wanderers will endure.