Phil Parkinson Issues LMA Statement

  • August 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has bid an official farewell to Bolton Wanderers, after issuing a statement via the League Managers Association (LMA).

Parkinson, who stepped down from his role as Wanderers manager on Wednesday, reiterates that the time is right to give a new boss the chance to build a squad under new ownership and that he leaves the University of Bolton Stadium with some fond memories.

The statement, posted at, read: "It has been an honour to represent Bolton Wanderers Football Club over the past three years and it was with a heavy heart that I made the decision to leave. Despite the testing times for all involved, I am proud of the efforts of everyone who has fought for the integrity and survival of this historic club.

"Despite the various challenges we faced, I will always reflect on my time here with fondness. Especially our memorable promotion season in 2016/17, in which we became the first club to achieve a promotion under a transfer embargo, and the following season, as we retained our status as a Championship club.

"My staff and I were keen to continue to lead the club through the summer and prepare the squad for the new season whilst the possible takeover options were explored. Having worked through this period and into the new season, I believe it is now the right time to step aside and allow a new manager the opportunity to rebuild the squad and take the club forward.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, for their constant support. I would like to thank the loyal supporters who have backed the players and coaching staff through thick and thin and I would like to thank the players, past and present, who have worked hard to improve the fortunes of this club on the pitch.

"I wish Bolton Wanderers the very best of luck and I hope for a brighter future, as those who support this club truly deserve to see Bolton Wanderers thrive again."

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