Phil Parkinson: 'I Deserve a Lot of Respect'

  • October 28, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson doesn't believe his position as Bolton manager should be brought into doubt, and he hopes to fend off criticism by turning their fortunes around.

Defeat to Nottingham Forest last Wednesday sparked an increased level of speculation over the future of the Wanderers boss, which moved up another level on Saturday as the Trotters lost at home to Hull City for the first time since 1935.

Speaking after the game against the Tigers, Parkinson acknowledged his team's current run of poor form, whilst also calling for a degree of respect for the achievements made since his appointment in June 2016.

"I don't think there is a decision to make," Parkinson told The Bolton News. "But I am cool, whatever.

"I worked very, very hard, committed a lot of time and effort getting this club back up and running again, and even this season the problems I've had to face - I don't come out in the press and document them week in, week out. I keep my counsel.

"I am absolutely delighted with the job I have done at this football club, I really am.

"Obviously I am hurting because when you get beat you take it personally. What will be, will be. But me and my staff have done a wonderful job and hopefully will continue to do so.

"When I came into the club people asked why I was taking it. They said it was going to be like Portsmouth, drop right through the divisions.

"We got promotion, we stayed up last year when by rights by Christmas we should have been dead and buried with everything that has gone on at the club. It was an incredible achievement.

"This year we have still got a better points total than we had at this stage last season. I think we're nine points better off and we've lost some key players.

"We're actually over-achieving in this division in terms of resources but we know we're on an indifferent run. We just need a goal to spark us off.

"At the moment it isn't happening. As a manager when you are not winning games the pressure is on you. But overall, what I have done for the club, I deserve a lot of respect from everybody connected with the club."

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