Post-Match: Phillips on Bolton's Relegation to League One

  • April 09, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips has specified how Bolton need to improve next season, after their relegation to League One was confirmed with defeat at Derby County.

Six months after dropping into the bottom three, a predicament Wanderers failed to recover from, they finally succumbed to the drop on Saturday after another thumping defeat - this time going down 4-1 at the iPro Stadium.

Speaking after the game, interim boss Phillips admitted to being disappointed with what he has seen during his brief time in charge and believes a huge overhaul is required over the summer if the Trotters are to even contemplate challenging for immediate promotion back to the Championship.

"Today was confirmation of the season everyone has witnessed in front of them," Phillips told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We played a Derby team that certainly seemed to be first to every ball. Only when Emile Heskey came on did we look like any type of attacking threat and he's 38 years of age - that just about sums up this season.

"I've just said to the players that we've still got another month of football. We've got to turn up and make sure we're applying ourselves every day to make sure what is left of the season, we can get something out of it and look to the future.

"Now confirmation is there that we're going to be playing League One football next season, I would imagine the new owners whilst looking or in the process of taking over the club would have had a plan A and a plan B.

"They now know what money is going to be coming into the club and I'm sure, hopefully soon, we'll have a clear direction and indication of what money can be spent next year to strengthen and improve what we've seen this season.

"I'd imagine there's going to be a restructure off the field and certainly in the playing squad, that needs restructuring as well.

"From the games I've seen, I think we need to have a more athletic group of players. I think that will be the key next year and will be the basis of any changes to the squad.

"It's been disappointing. We've given them a structure and game plan for each game and, Reading game apart, we've not even managed to get to half-time with a clean sheet and even think about how we could potentially win the game. That's been a huge disappointment."

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