Phil Parkinson to be Unveiled as Bolton Boss on Friday

  • June 09, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers have called a press conference for Friday lunchtime, where Phil Parkinson is to be unveiled as the club's new manager.

Parkinson, who is currently in charge at Bradford City, has been identified as the successor to Neil Lennon at Macron Stadium and will formally complete a move, just days after the Bantams denied speculation that the 48-year-old's departure from the Coral Windows Stadium was imminent.

With new owners in place at Bradford, Parkinson's future was in major doubt and Wanderers have moved to secure the services of the Chorley-born boss, with a knockdown compensation package agreed between the two parties.

After a playing career which saw him spend four years at Bury and a further 11 at Reading, Parkinson made his first steps into management with Colchester United in 2003. He spent three years at Layer Road, culminating in promotion to the Championship, before resigning to take charge at Hull City in June 2006.

His stay with the Tigers was short-lived, however, with his dismissal coming in December of the same year. He returned to the game as assistant manager at Charlton Athletic in January 2007, before stepping into the role of manager the following December.

The Addicks were relegated to League One for the first time in nearly 30 years under his watch and he was sacked in January 2011, but began to rebuild his reputation after joining Bradford that August.

Having guided City to League Two survival in his first half-season in charge, Parkinson led the club to the League Cup final the following season, in which they were beaten 5-0 by Swansea City, but they bounced back to win promotion via the play-offs.

Bradford finished 11th on their return to League One, before narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season - whilst also progressing through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. This term, a 5th-placed finish ensured play-off qualification, where they were ultimately beaten over two legs by Millwall.

Parkinson was the fifth longest-serving manager in the Football League prior to Bolton's approach, and he will be announced as the club's new manager on Friday just three weeks before the start of pre-season.

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