Parkinson: Le Fondre Exit Was Correct Decision

  • November 29, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson holds no regrets over Bolton's decision to release Adam Le Fondre, despite failing to score in 10 of their 17 games since his departure.

Tuesday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday represented Wanderers fifth blank in their last six games, with their solitary goal in that run coming via the head of defender Mark Beevers in a 1-1 draw at Millwall.

In stark contrast, Le Fondre, who joined Sydney FC upon leaving the Trotters, has scored eight goals in as many competitive games for the Australian side - failing to score in just one of his appearances - but Parkinson insists the correct decision was made due to the personal wishes of the player and his family.

"Adam had a good pre-season and out of the blue, completely out of the blue he said he'd been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Parkinson told The Bolton News. "Adam said his family really wanted to go abroad and would I let him go?

"I said to the chairman he wanted to leave and that it would be difficult to stand in his way. He had been a good lad for us and we respected that decision.

"I think it's always difficult to say no in that situation.

"Adam wasn't a regular starter last season in the team. But it was more a case of him not wanting to wait another year, he'd be in the mid-30s bracket, and that opportunity might not come around again.

"It's raking over old ground a bit. But he certainly wasn't a player we pulled in and said 'hey, we've had a call from Australia, do you fancy it?' Myself and Ken (Anderson) literally knew nothing about it at all.

"I got to know his agent over that couple of days and he said the move had come about over that weekend. It all hinged on the fact his family wanted the move."

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