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With Phil Parkinson Gone, Who Should Bolton Wanderers Turn to Next?

A few options

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With the excitement of last night’s surprise announcement beginning to fade, Bolton Wanderers’ dire situation gives immediate need to turn our collective thoughts to who might follow Phil Parkinson in the biggest job in English football.

Here are a few options:


Highly respected ex-player and successful Academy boss Lee has been mooted as a successor to Parkinson for months now. Was openly insubordinate during the summer which led to a rift between the two men, but could the departure of PP leave the way free for Lee to ascend to the top job?

Having done a remarkable job leading the seconds to league glory only last year, Lee must be a serious contender.

Plus, most importantly, he’ll be cheap.


Another beloved ex-player, Nolan was captain during the Sam Allardyce years and holds a special place in the hearts of many supporters.

Has had some managerial experience, a mixed spell with Notts County, but his ties to the club make him an obvious connection.


Former Leicester City boss Pearson would be an excellent choice for Wanderers given his experience and his recent successes in the league. He recently spent a spell managing in Belgium, surely he could be persuaded to turn around the fortunes of our once-famous club.


A highly experienced former England manager who, most importantly, would be available and would be keen. Wanderers could do a lot worse.

His last job at QPR went downhill after an excellent start and he could well be a left-field appointment given his marvellous hair issssssssssssssssssssslaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand.


Ex-England captain and former manager of Macclesfield Town, Campbell turned around the fortunes of the Silkmen in an eight-month period where he was forced to deal with similar financial problems to Parkinson.

Would be a popular appointment for some, but his public perception is not always universally positive.


A manager who has seen lots of lower league action, former Wanderers midfielder Sheridan was linked with the job a while ago during his time at Oldham Athletic.

Has performed well in his last couple of jobs including his current spell at Carlisle United where he has turned around a struggling side that was, at one point, heading downhill fast.


Former Rochdale and Barnsley boss Hill has a great reputation at League One level and is a local boy which, to some, would be important.

His recent managerial career has been somewhat unimpressive but he is known to favour an attacking style of play and is used to working with a restricted budget.


To continue the theme of ex-Wanderers, Brown has wanted the job for nearly twenty years, being a long-serving member of Sam Allardyce’s team back in the glory days.

Has had a mixed managerial career (to be kind to him) to say the least, but his successes at Hull City was, looking back, a long time ago.

Would be an outsider.