Bolton Rebuff Plans to Downgrade Academy Status

  • June 26, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips will remain at Bolton next season, after the club abandoned plans to downgrade their academy to category three status.

Phillips, who oversaw the final nine games of last season as interim manager of the first-team, had seen his future in jeopardy, with Wanderers officials contemplating whether or not to increase funding on players by forfeiting the amount they put into the youth system.

However, chairman Ken Anderson has revealed Phillips will continue in his permanent role of academy director and says the club had to remain at category two status.

"It was a difficult decision, based purely on the funding requirements, but we think that if the club is going to go forward in the future, this is the right thing to do," Anderson told The Bolton News. "We have got to be category two.

"If we had dropped down then realistically it would have meant laying off staff because it wold have been a part-time operation.

"These aren't people on footballer's salaries, some are living hand to mouth, so there was that aspect to think about too.

"Ultimately, the younger players are the lifeblood of the football club. I won't pretend we didn't seriously consider moving down to category three, because we did, it was always a case of whether we could afford the alternative and that was to carry on as we were.

"We really wanted to keep Jimmy on and when myself and Dean (Holdsworth) met with him the other day we reached an agreement and he will be with us next year."

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