Anderson Pleads With Fans to Back Under-Fire Parkinson

  • September 25, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson has urged Bolton supporters to stick with under-fire manager Phil Parkinson, following comments made in the immediate aftermath of their defeat to Brentford.

Wanderers set a new club record on Saturday, having lost for a sixth successive game without scoring for the first time in their history.

When asked afterwards whether his squad has the capability to avoid relegation, Parkinson responded with: "At the moment it would appear not but we have got to keep searching to find a way."

Those comments, not too dissimilar to those made shortly before the reigns of both Dougie Freedman and Neil Lennon came to an end, left supporters jumping to obvious conclusions, but Anderson has asked for further patience from those on the terraces and insists the club are doing everything in their power to turn their fortunes around.

"I believe some of the quotes attributed to the manager post-Brentford are very much being taken out of context and were said in the heat of the moment, immediately after the match," Anderson told

"He, like everyone else, was hurting and did not have time to process the comments being put to him literally minutes after the final whistle, although l appreciate that the media have a job to do.

"I know for sure that I was hurting, but unlike the manager, l have had the time needed to reflect on the game before commenting.

"What l can tell you is that the manager and his team are not quitters and will pick themselves up, look at everything and address the problems.

"Likewise, the spirit and the attitude of this group of players is second to none and they are hurting as much as the rest of us and will work even harder to turn things around and show that they have the quality to play and stay in the Championship, which as we all know is of a much higher standard than the last time we were here.

"You only have to look at the quality of the opposition and money that has been spent by many clubs in the last two seasons to see the level we have to be at if we are to achieve anything this season.

"We should also not forget that we have had a very difficult start to the season and have played four of the current top seven teams and two of the teams relegated from the Premier League last season.

"l can assure you that our scouting team are actively monitoring players that are free agents available to sign now and which are fit for immediate selection.

"We are also actively scouting players who may be available in January because they are in the last year of their contracts or are looking for a move.

"The criteria given to the recruitment team is that we are only interested in players who will improve the squad and give us options that we do not currently have.

"We must not forget also that for the season so far, the manager’s team selection has been severely restricted due to injuries to six of our first team squad.

"Hopefully, some of these injured players will be returning after the international break which will enable us to field a stronger and more balanced team and bench.

"I for one am looking forward to the break which will give us time to get players who have not featured so far this season fit and back in contention.

"l can fully understand the feelings and disappointment on the terraces, at home and at work, of you - our loyal and supportive supporters - but l can assure you that l experience the same disappointment and frustrations.

"That said, it is even more important that we all stick together and continue to support the manager and team through thick and thin and ensure that we do our utmost to climb the league over the next few months and retain our Championship status.

"The more support that we are able to give them, at this difficult time, the better the chance we have of getting the results we need going forward."

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