Brown Admits Holdsworth Talks, Denies Bolton Approach

  • March 18, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Brown says he has spoken to Dean Holdsworth multiple times this season, but has never discussed or been approached for a role at Bolton.

Brown, currently in charge at Southend United, is the favourite to succeed Neil Lennon as manager at Macron Stadium, with reports strongly suggesting the former Wanderers player and assistant manager is being lined up for the top job.

The 56-year-old, who also represented the Trotters during his playing days, admits to being in contact with the club's new owner at several stages throughout the campaign, but is focused on his job at Roots Hall and guiding the Shrimpers to promotion for a second successive season.

"I've had a long time at Bolton," Brown told BBC Sport. "It was 1988 when I first joined them, so you're talking, with broken service at Blackpool for a couple of years, about 14-15 years there.

"It's inevitable, unfortunately, when a manager loses his position at a club I was at for so long that I was going to be attached to it, but I've sat the players down and talked about the speculation, the newspaper headlines which you guys have to print and play with.

"The bottom line is I've had no approach from Dean Holdsworth.

"I've spoken to him probably three times this season, but one of those was as Brentwood manager when we had a pre-season friendly against them.

"Deano had a company in the background which put a serious bid in to buy Bolton Wanderers and he's been successful with that. I wish him luck with it because it's a big part of his life moving on.

"He's now chief executive at a football club and any kind of approach would have to be through the right channels.

"I have regular conversations with my chairman and that approach has not been made.

"If the supporters think there's a manager standing on the sidelines that's not going to be there in a week or two weeks time, you're not going to get that support and we need it at this moment. It's so important that we get back-to-back promotions, get into the Championship as a football club and things off the field of play can also spiral upwards."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 AFC Wimbledon 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Burton Albion 0 0
5 Cambridge United 0 0
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