[VIDEO] Phil Parkinson's First Interview as Bolton Manager

  • June 10, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was unveiled as the new manager of Bolton on Friday, after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year contract at Macron Stadium.

Parkinson arrives from League One rivals Bradford City, after he brought an end to a near five-year stay at Valley Parade.

At his official unveiling as Wanderers boss, Parkinson expressed his delight at being the successor to Neil Lennon at Macron Stadium and says work to assemble a squad capable of targeting promotion will begin next week.

Video courtesy of BBC Radio Manchester

"I'm really pleased to be here," Parkinson said. "It's a terrific club and I can't wait to get started.

"I knew of the interest over the last few weeks from my agent. I've had three days away with my wife for a bit of thinking time.

"I think it's a huge challenge but one that really excites me and the staff I'm bringing over because it's a club that has had an indifferent period, but it's one that's ready to start to turn around.

"I've got to get the characteristics back on the pitch that the fans want to see, which is getting the building blocks in place - hard work, commitment, desire, pride in wearing the shirt and the never-say-die attitude.

"There's quality players here and we're going to bring some more in, as the squad is nowhere near big enough, and in three-or-four weeks time, maybe a little bit longer, let's see if we get a squad which we believe can challenge this year.

"I think there's going to be a process of maybe some go and more come in, but it's getting the balance of the squad right. It's top heavy in certain areas and needs work in others, so that's down to myself, Ken Anderson and the rest of the staff to start piecing that jigsaw together. But we're confident we can attract the players we need to be competitive this year.

"It was tough to leave Bradford, but I felt I needed a fresh challenge and this one excited me. It was too good to turn down.

"It's a huge opportunity. The facilities - the stadium and training ground - are all set up to move on again and that's my job. I'll be giving it everything I can to achieve that."

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