Phil Parkinson was summoned yesterday by Ken Anderson for talks – after initial doubts that the manager would be kept on for a third season in charge of Bolton Wanderers, it seems that he has been given the nod to continue leading the club, with an action plan underway to recruit this summer.
Understand some very positive talks held between Phil Parkinson and Ken Anderson this afternoon. Investment talks ongoing – and obviously present a slight unknown quantity in future – but a shortlist has been drawn up, contracts discussed. Delighted for PP. #bwfc
— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) May 18, 2018
At a minimum, this would be the second window where we’re at least no longer hamstrung by the transfer embargo, and as said many a time on these pages, having taken and kept us up, Parky deserves to keep his job. That’s not to say I want the club to kick on. The thought of scrapping to stay alive in the Championship for years on end doesn’t fill me with excitement, to be honest. The most likely way of addressing that though is to recruit better players and give a manager who has done a job so far a chance to climb the table.
Talk of wanting younger signings to bring energy into the team is more than welcome – David Wheater, Adam Le Fondre, Karl Henry, Darren Pratley, Filipe Morais and Aaron Wilbraham to name a few are all over 30, and if those out of contract don’t go this summer, they’ll have to be replaced sooner rather than later. Investment or not, this is something that should be addressed this summer, Wheater is signed up and Le Fondre has a year left, but if we can get an acceptable level of replacement we should move the other four on.
It would be assumed all this has been planned without external investment, as we’ve all learned in the last couple of years, these things don’t happen quickly, and even if we fell under new ownership by the time the window shuts, any money may have come too soon for the summer.
In any case, I’m hoping for a younger and improved Bolton squad come the start of August. To what extent, I don’t know.