Phillips Takes Charge Of Training

  • October 11, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips took control of first team training on Thursday, for the first time since Owen Coyle was sacked as Bolton boss on Tuesday morning.

Phillips, along with former Wanderers manager Sammy Lee and ex-player Julian Darby, have all been promoted from their roles within the club's academy to take temporary charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.

After taking charge of training for the first time, the 46-year-old Bolton-born academy manager spoke to the club's official website to outline his plans for the coming days.

"We're going to be pulling out all the stops to get the best out of the players," Phillips said.

"We spoke to the squad this morning and had a brief introductory meeting before heading out onto the training ground.

"We've brought in Julian because he's an excellent coach. He's shown that in the work he's been doing with the academy.

"He's been in and around the Championship for a good number of years now, working with Preston, Derby and Nottingham Forest and has enjoyed various successes.

"Julian and Sammy have both also played for Bolton, so we've, of course, got the best interests of the club at heart.

"We've got training planned for this week and next, and we'll be building our work up looking towards the Bristol City game, whatever the time frame may be.

"The chairman has recognised the great work that has gone on in the academy in the last four years. We want the whole club to be running and to have a smooth transition from top to bottom."

Phillips' time as temporary manager represents his third spell with the Wanderers first team, having made 411 appearances during two spells as a player in the 1980s and 90s.

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