Parkinson Assesses Bolton's Championship Chances

  • May 04, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson will look to avoid the mistakes of former Bolton managers, as he attempts to build a squad capable of competing in the Championship.

With Parkinson in charge, Wanderers won promotion back to the second tier of English football at the very first attempt - finishing as runners-up to Sheffield United in League One.

When asked whether the current squad will have the ability to avoid an immediate relegation next season, Parkinson expressed belief that the side of 12 months ago wasn't good enough and he will prioritise identifying players who can give the club necessary strength in depth.

"When you look back at the season we came down - I've got a printout of the teams selected and the subs - that squad was nowhere near good enough," Parkinson told Tower FM.

"There was too many gaps in terms of the squad and not enough cover in certain areas.

"When you look at the team that went to Bristol City and tried to win a game of football in the Championship, there was no way.

"We've got to make sure the team is strong in all departments and when I'm watching training on Thursday and Friday, I'm not worried that if someone goes down injured we've nobody to come in and replace them.

"I think that's key - getting the squad to be strong and competitive, having cover in all departments and if you look back at the season Bolton came down, that was a real problem. There wasn't enough quality in depth.

"The budget was probably quite a big one but, along the way, it had probably been mismanaged in terms of getting the balance right."

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