Parkinson Shrugs Off Criticism Over Bolton Future

  • October 26, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has accepted criticism of his team's recent form, but believes he has done a 'remarkable' job during his time at the club.

Parkinson, now in his third season in charge of Wanderers, was appointed manager in June 2016 - three months after the departure of Neil Lennon - but has come under pressure from supporters in recent weeks after a run which has seen the Trotters register just one win in 10 games.

Whilst acknowledging results haven't been good enough throughout September and October, Parkinson remains hopeful things will soon turn around.

"You always come under pressure when you've lost games, and I've managed 720 games," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I'm used to that and I'm ready for the next challenge - it's at the weekend. But equally, the chairman has done a very good job, realigning the finances of the club.

"Myself and the staff have done an incredible job saving this club from dropping further down the leagues, retaining our status last year when, in reality, we should have been rock bottom, washed away in the division.

"You've going to get criticised. Every team which gets beat - social media, I would imagine there is all kinds of criticism about the manager and the owner.

"It is part and parcel of the game but if I take a step back - which I do when I'm driving home to my village and walk my dog - I think myself and my staff have done a remarkable job at this football club with what we've had to deal with.

"And Ken (Anderson) has done tremendously well to sort out the finances as well.

"We're probably all getting stick, and there's a lot of passion and tension in the air as well when you lose games of football, but let me tell you I can hold my head up very, very high at this football club."

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