Josh Vela on Strained Relationship with Phil Parkinson

  • May 14, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Josh Vela has described how a strained relationship with Phil Parkinson accelerated his departure from Bolton.

Vela, who joined the Wanderers academy at the age of nine, made 182 senior appearances for the club between 2012 and 2019 before leaving at the end of his contract.

Having featured 84 times in Parkinson's first two campaigns as manager, Vela seemingly drifted out of contention in 2018/19 - playing only 19 games.

Now at Shrewsbury Town after a disappointing half-season stay at Hibernian, the 26-year-old has revealed he clashed with the former boss over his place within the playing squad.

"Our relationship went a bit weary," Vela told the Lion of Vienna Suite podcast. "It wasn't the best relationship at the end.

"We were playing Derby away and he wanted me to be on the bench, but I hadn't been on the bench for the previous three or four weeks.

"I said to him, 'instead of putting me on the bench, you might as well put a youngster on'. We had a bit of an argument and things went back and forward.

"We played Aston Villa the week after and he put me on the bench for some reason.

"I left and he didn't see me again after that."

Although Vela was disappointed with how the relationship had become strained, he admits Parkinson's three-year spell at the University of Bolton Stadium was not all negative - explaining how a difference in opinion was brought on by his love of the club.

"We had a good relationship at the start - for the first two years it was really good," Vela added.

"Then it just went a bit pear-shaped. I've got nothing against him, he was a good guy.

"But from my point of view, I loved the club and gave 100% every game. But there were players on loan who were going back to their parent clubs - were they going to give as much effort as I would put into a game?

"That was my point of view but he never had it and just left me out.

"He's a stubborn guy who always thought he was right but I don't think that was the case."

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