Josh Emmanuel Unsure Where the Future Lies

  • May 18, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Josh Emmanuel has praised the influence of Bolton manager Keith Hill but says their working relationship could soon end, with his contract set to expire.

Emmanuel joined Wanderers on a free transfer from Ipswich Town last September and has been a key figure at right-back for the majority of the campaign.

When quizzed about the reasons behind him signing for the Trotters, the 22-year-old admits the opportunity to play regular first-team football comes above all else.

"I hadn't played regularly for a number of months, the backing of the manager Keith Hill and David Flitcroft, and the opportunity to make something happen," Emmanuel told FootySays.

"We were in minus points back then and they'd signed 10 other players along with myself, so it was a real big challenge for me.

"I'm one for a challenge and I was relishing the opportunity to play and help the club get back to where they want to be."

Having played 31 times during his debut season at Bolton, Emmanuel admits to being grateful for the backing of manager Keith Hill - who he says breeds confidence into his playing squad, despite some horrendous results on the field of play.

"The gaffer really sets the tone in the dressing room," he added. "The mindset of 'we don't give up', no matter what happens.

"We've lost games 7-0 and even going into the next game, he's acting as though that didn't even happen.

"It can be a bit false at times but it's a real encouraging thing when you have a man who believes so passionately in his team.

"That's the confidence that we all take into every game, with the mindset that we can win and make something happen."

Emmanuel's contract at the University of Bolton Stadium comes to a close at the end of June and with the COVID-19 pandemic likely to hit the bank balance of many lower-league clubs, he is unsure whether his future beyond the summer remains with Wanderers.

"We'll see what happens after this pandemic," he said.

"Every club has been hit traumatically financially, so it's a real tough period for them.

"The owners are good people but money talks so we'll see."

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