Parkinson Sets Premier League Target as Bolton Rise Again

  • February 14, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson insists Bolton will not hide behind their off-field situation, indicating players are made aware of goings-on prior to signing for the club.

Wanderers, who look set to be involved in a relegation battle for the second consecutive season, are the subject of takeover talk at present - with three separate parties said to be keen on purchasing the shares of current owner Ken Anderson.

The ongoing threat of winding-up petitions from HM Revenue & Customs, delayed payment in wages and news of a recently uncovered debt owed to Bolton Council continue to dominate headlines, but the Trotters boss insists focus is purely on upcoming fixtures and that there can be 'no excuses' once the players step out onto the field of play.

"We're in a massive challenge right now at Bolton," Parkinson told The Coaches' Voice.

"But you can't run around a football pitch with a sign on your back saying: 'We've got problems.'

"In a couple of years, no one will look back and really understand the kind of problems we've had as a club. No one really wants to know now. So we've got to make sure that, whenever we cross that white line, we do ourselves justice.

"It's important that we don't use it as an excuse.

"We all knew this was going to be a tough journey. In the first meeting I had with the chairman Ken Anderson, he told me the club had challenges. I thought long and hard about whether it was something I wanted to take on.

"I'd been on a good run at Bradford, but I felt the time was right to move on. I was ready for a fresh challenge, and Bolton presented a huge one.

"By that point in my career, I felt I was well-equipped to handle it. That's what experience does for you - it makes you better at dealing with situations of adversity.

"At the moment, we're in another massive challenge.

"Fundamentally, Bolton is a great club with tremendous history, a great stadium and a great training ground. But it's been a tough journey. For the chairman as well: he openly admits he became the chairman almost by default, and hasn't got the money to compete at this level.

"All the time, we've had to find a way to keep our heads above water.

"I speak to the players - sometimes as a group, sometimes individually - to explain the situation that's going on. But I also remind them that I told them it could be a rocky road when they signed. This is part of it. We've just got to deal with it, and it will get resolved.

"Things get resolved in football.

"I truly believe that this club, once it gets bought, will come back and be a Premier League club again one day.

"Until then: no excuses. Once we cross that white line, we do ourselves justice."

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