Parkinson: I Leave Bolton With 'Great Memories'

  • August 22, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes he made the correct decision in walking away from Bolton, having taken the club as far as he possibly could.

News of Parkinson's resignation went public on Wednesday evening, with official confirmation coming from the club on Thursday morning.

He took charge of 156 games during a three-and-a-half year spell as manager, achieving promotion in his first season at the helm, before facing a constant battle against financial difficulties, boardroom struggles and takeover delays.

"I feel it's the right decision for myself and Steve (Parkin) to move on," Parkinson told BBC Sport.

"I really do wish the club all the best. It's a terrific football club which has obviously had well documented troubled times.

"But I'm sure there are better times ahead with a lot of good young players, hopefully a new owner coming in sooner rather than later, and the club can build back to what it should be.

"We've had some really good times. The promotion year was fantastic, as was the following year staying up against all the odds in the Championship. We have some great memories of the time at Bolton.

"Recently it's been difficult but I still leave with some great memories.

Parkinson, along with his backroom staff and first-team players, were regularly made to wait for wages as 2018 drew to a close and only recently received payment courtesy of a loan from the Professional Footballers' Association, itself coming after salaries went unpaid for a period in excess of five months.

"In any environment, when employees go five months without receiving any wages it can be very tough," he added.

"Managing that situation was certainly a learning curve for myself. That has been the hardest part of the job.

"You always thought there was light at the end of the tunnel. We made a decision as staff to see it through this period and get it as close as possible to the takeover happening, which I believe is very close.

"That's what we'd agreed to do and I believe myself and Steve have taken it as far as we can."

Despite stepping down from his position, Parkinson believes the future is bright at the University of Bolton Stadium and understands a takeover by the Football Ventures consortium is close to being concluded.

"The takeover with Sharon Brittan and Football Ventures does look to be close and I really hope that happens," he said.

"I've met Sharon several times. She's a very impressive lady - successful in her own right in the business world - and I think she'll be a breath of fresh air for the football club. She's perfect for what the club needs at this moment.

"We're all hoping that deal can get over the line very soon."

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