Phil Brown: It's 'Fantastic to be Associated' With Bolton Job

  • March 25, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Brown says his time at Bolton was an 'absolute pleasure' and admits it is 'fantastic to be associated' with their vacant managerial position.

Wanderers look set to wait until the summer before appointing a successor to Neil Lennon, who departed his role last week after 17 months in charge, with bookmakers around the country listing Brown as the overwhelming favourite.

Formerly on the playing and backroom staff at the club, Brown, who is currently in charge at Southend United, admits to being upset at the current state of affairs at Macron Stadium and, despite putting emphasis on his contractual situation at Roots Hall, stopped short of ruling himself out of the job at Bolton.

"It's been awful from afar," Brown told BBC Radio Manchester. "Working with Sam (Allardyce) was a pleasure and working at Bolton Wanderers was an absolute pleasure.

"I had six, seven, eight years as a player and six, seven, eight years as a coach and assistant manager - 15 years service - and to see that go the wrong way is really sad but the bottom line is it looks like a history of something going on off the field of play as opposed to on the field of play.

"I look at the squad and think they're massively underachieving. That squad should have been pushing for honours this year and the bottom line is they're rock bottom of the Championship.

"I'll never hide my comments with regards to any speculation. I've just signed a new three-year contract at Southend and I've got a job to do. I'm focused 100% on the next nine games and if I can get Southend back-to-back promotions it'll be fantastic for me, the football club and would be great on my CV.

"With Bolton being in the situation that they're in, it was automatic that a player, coach or manager that had been associated with the club for 15 years would get associated with it now.

"When I've put pen-to-paper, I've honoured contracts right the way through my career.

"I don't think you can manage a football club unless you know the people. The people at Bolton are second to none - I've lived in the town for 15-20 years - so it's fantastic to be associated with it.

"I'd like to see Jimmy Phillips be successful. I know Peter Reid has gone in to help him. It'd be fantastic if Bolton were to stay in the Championship - it's looking highly unlikely - but with them two characters they've got half a chance and maybe we'll see what happens in the summer.

"It's going to be a tough couple of years for Bolton. They've got to steady it and then turn it around, and at the moment its heading in the wrong direction.

"Hopefully Dean Holdsworth, who is a wily old fox off the field, can wheel and deal. I know Dean very well. He's done a bit of management himself and became my assistant manager at Derby County, hence the affinity that everybody is talking about.

"I'm sure Dean will get it right. I know Ken Anderson has gone in as well - I know Ken quite well. There's a lot of people trying to arrest the situation at Bolton Wanderers and I hope they're successful.

"You have to get the right players in, with the right mentality to suit the club and that's what Bolton Wanderers have got to start doing. If they haven't started already, they need to and get the right players in.

"Supporters are sitting at Bolton every week and they've got to see effort and determination. People with a desire and the ability to play for the badge and shirt. If you haven't got that, you're wasting your time."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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