Parkinson 'Absolutely Livid' With EFL Treatment

  • August 17, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has lavished praise on his Bolton players, whilst expressing concern that serious injuries are being risked by the EFL.

Wanderers were beaten 5-0 at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, four days after they lost 5-2 at Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, itself just three days after a goalless draw against Coventry City.

Although the majority of EFL clubs also found themselves playing three times over the course of the past week, Parkinson believes the tender age of his playing squad is being ignored by authorities and it is only a matter of time before a tiring player succumbs to a long-term absence through an otherwise avoidable injury.

"Asking young players to go again is not right," Parkinson told The Bolton News.

"We sent an email to the EFL explaining our concerns about the welfare of the young players playing these games in quick succession. We were told we had to play the game.

"A combination of the people not getting the deal to buy the club over the line and the tangled web involved in that and us being made to play the game has hung me, the staff and all the players out to dry.

"Honestly, it is unacceptable. This is Bolton Wanderers Football Club - a fantastic club with great history and we need a bit of help.

"If it is not going to be sold we need to be able to bring some players in. We can't have this type of scenario thrown at us.

"Yes, it's a great learning curve for the young players but we don't want to ruin them.

"We lost Liam Edwards and Dennis Politic and there are others hanging on by a thread. It is unacceptable. I am absolutely livid.

"The lads, to be fair, have absolutely ran themselves into the ground. Tranmere did what you expect and identified that we are a tiring young team. They played a physical, direct game and tried to bully us. That's what you have got to do to get a result and I don't blame them one bit.

"That was a tough test for the youngsters and right up to the first goal they were brilliant. You can see it so clearly from the touchline that their fatigue sets in and we're having to play the senior players out of position to form a team."

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