Ken Anderson Reiterates Backing for Phil Parkinson

  • October 11, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson says Phil Parkinson's status as Bolton manager isn't under threat, regardless of recent results and the club's league position.

After a fortnight without a game due to the international fixtures, Wanderers return to action on Saturday when they play host to Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium - looking to end a dismal run of eight successive defeats, in which they have failed to score a single goal.

Parkinson's side have accumulated just two points from 11 games upon their return to the Championship but Anderson has repeated his earlier stance, backing the manager and calling for supporters to do the same as the pressure begins to build.

"There is a great deal of comment about the manager and our results regarding the start of this season, and whilst I can understand and appreciate the comments, now is not the time to panic or put the pressure on the manager and his team or the players," Anderson told

"When I appointed Phil Parkinson as manager of Bolton Wanderers Football Club last year, I believed that he was the best person for the job.

"We went through a thorough interview process along with several other high pedigree candidates. Phil impressed me the most and I offered him the job.

"My opinion hasn't changed whatsoever. If anything, Phil has reinforced my belief that he, his staff and the squad he has assembled will progress this club.

"Yes, we all know that our start to the campaign has been far from ideal and as supporters, you will be hurting.

"But Phil is hurting, the players are hurting and so am I. Therefore, it is imperative that we are all firmly behind the manager and players as we strive to bring about a change in our fortunes.

"Given the restrictions we operated under last season, which were inherited from the previous regime, achieving promotion immediately after relegation was nothing short of miraculous.

"This was largely down to the manager and the positive changes he brought to the club.

"His job here isn't complete and he wants to bring improvement and success to the club, and it is important that he is given time to fulfil those plans.

"I’m not one to make knee-jerk reactions and Phil has my unequivocal backing to remain as manager of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

"Of course, we are all hoping for a victory on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday, but if that wasn't to happen, then Phil would still remain as manager.

"During times of adversity it is crucial that we all stick together as one and show our support for the manager and his players.

"You have all shown that unfaltering passion under such trying circumstances this season and I know that Phil and the players really appreciated the show of support you gave the team after the final whistle at Villa Park.

"The performance was arguably our best of the campaign and we deserved more than we got from the contest.

"The recent performances have perfectly illustrated that the players are all behind the manager and are determined to pick up the results we deserve.

"Our club motto - "Supera Moras" - means overcoming difficulties. This message is intrinsically woven into the fabric of the town and our club, and by standing together as one, we will overcome the difficulties."

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