Parkinson: 'A Couple of Players Put Their Notice In'

  • May 05, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson admits he found it difficult to choose Bolton's team to face Nottingham Forest, with outside influences impacting upon his decisions.

Wanderers ended their campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the City Ground, in what was their first game since a player strike caused the postponement and eventual cancellation of a home fixture against Brentford.

Pawel Olkowski was a notable absentee from the squad, having served notice of his resignation, whilst speculation persists that Sammy Ameobi - who was also absent - has done the same amid reports of a potential move abroad.

Speaking following his side's 30th loss of a record-breaking campaign, Parkinson refused to mention names but confirmed 'a couple' of players have submitted their resignations, whilst a number of others were missing having received offers from other clubs.

"It was tough to pick a team," Parkinson said. "We basically had the lads we selected there, in the 18.

"We had injuries and a couple of players put their notice in, while a few players who are out of contract this summer have offers elsewhere and did not want to put themselves at risk.

"It has been a difficult week, in terms of team selection. But I am very proud of the lads who did play.

"I have been in football for 35 years and the things I have experienced in the last few years at Bolton have not been close to anything else I have experienced. It has been extraordinary at times.

"But the staff have stuck together and conducted themselves in a professional way every day."

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