Former Bolton Forward Gives Backing to Hill and Flitcroft

  • June 12, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Craig Davies believes Bolton should stick with the management team of Keith Hill and David Flitcroft, despite reports indicating their time at the club is soon coming to an end.

Davies, who made 58 appearances for Wanderers between 2013 and 2015, worked under the duo during their days at Barnsley, and was reunited with Flitcroft during his spell in charge of Mansfield Town in the 2018/19 campaign.

After the Trotters' relegation to League Two was confirmed on Wednesday, Hill and Flitcroft look set to depart the University of Bolton Stadium when their contracts expire at the end of June - a decision Davies admits would be incredibly unfair given the financial position of the club they entered last August.

"They came in with the club in a difficult situation," Davies told Burnden Aces podcast - Walking Down the Manny Road.

"Bolton and Bury were in a similar situation and the Bolton fans were just like, 'I don't care; I just want my team.'

"Knowing them, I think they're the right people for the job and I think starting on level points with a team of their own, I think they'll bring success to that place.

"I just know how they are and think they could do well.

"We should have got promoted at Mansfield under David Flitcroft and to be fair to Keith, he did a consistently good job at Rochdale before he left.

"Even at Barnsley, our budget was nowhere near some of the clubs in that league. Before we got injuries and players had to go back from their loans, we were about 9th in the table at one point.

"I've not worked with them both together for quite a long time but I think they could definitely move the club forward.

"The funny thing is, when I first joined Barnsley, I wasn't a fan of either of theirs. I didn't really understand them.

"I thought they used to question me, a little bit in a rude way to a degree. Keith came across a certain way but when I actually got to know them, I'd have done anything.

"In my second season, Keith pulled me and said I'd turned into a better team player. I felt like they helped me massively and did for other players too. They brought out the best in players.

"They just bounce off each other. They're so good together and I think they'll do well, given a proper chance.

"You could have had Pep (Guardiola) in there this season and he'd have found it tough, so I hope Bolton do stick with them both and they do well."

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