Phillips Proud of Bolton Job

  • October 26, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips has admitted he has enjoyed his time in charge of Bolton and hopes to sign off with a win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Phillips has been in temporary charge of the Wanderers first team since Owen Coyle was sacked on October 9th and, despite the appointment of Dougie Freedman on Thursday, he will still be the man on the sidelines at the Riverside Stadium.

Wanderers' interim boss has confirmed Freedman will take charge of the first team on Monday morning and he hopes to hand over the reigns on the back of a positive result.

"We always said that we would do the job for as long as we were asked to," Phillips told the club's official website.

"So far, we have taken four points out of two games and we want to continue that run so Dougie can come in and take over a group of players who have got their confidence and self-belief back.

"I've enjoyed being the caretaker manager and I've enjoyed getting the positive reaction from the players with our methods. They are showing the ability they have and we look forward to going to Middlesbrough to hopefully get a result.

"The unsettling time for the players was when they were in limbo, not knowing who the next manager was. Now they know who he is and they will get the opportunity to meet him.

"I've had a brief chat with Dougie and he said that he would like to introduce himself to the players today (Friday) and he will watch the match from the directors' box on Saturday.

"He will start his work on Monday. I think that is the sensible thing to do because I don't believe you can influence players in one day of training, telling them what you want out of the game in terms of a performance.

"Starting Monday will give him give five days to prepare the team for Cardiff, which is a good way to start.

"We watched the DVDs and they (Middlesbrough) certainly seem to be an attacking team. They are very much capable of scoring some great goals, with 25-yard strikes.

"I know the Boro fans will be pleased with what they are seeing because Tony (Mowbray) has got them playing some good football.

"It will be a difficult game for us, but our players are playing with confidence, so it should make for another attractive game of football for the neutral. I just hope that in my last game as interim manager, that we can come away with a minimum of one point from the game."

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