Keith Hill and David Flitcroft to Leave Bolton Wanderers

  • June 12, 2020 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/48153

Bolton Wanderers are once again searching for new management, after the decision was made not to extend the contracts of Keith Hill and his assistant, David Flitcroft.

Following the successful takeover of the club by Football Ventures (Whites) Limited last August, the duo - headed by Hill - were appointed as the successors to Phil Parkinson at the University of Bolton Stadium and immediately made their presence felt - signing nine players on an epic transfer deadline day.

Having watched on as a youthful Wanderers side were beaten on penalties by Bradford City in the Leasing.com Trophy, they took charge for the first time in September as Rotherham United romped to a 6-1 victory at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

A new club record was set when Hill became the first manager failing to win any of his opening seven games at the helm, but things briefly began to look up with a trio of successes over Bristol Rovers, Manchester City U21 and Fleetwood Town.

However, just three more wins would follow between November and the suspension of league football in March - two of which came against fellow relegated sides Southend United and Tranmere Rovers - and a 2-2 draw at Burton Albion would ultimately prove to be the final act of a disappointing reign.

A total of six victories from 33 games (D10 L17) means Hill leaves with a win record of just 18%, putting him alongside the joint management of Roy McFarland and Colin Todd as holding the lowest number of all to have overseen a minimum of 20 matches.

Confirming the impending departures of Hill and Flitcroft, Bolton chairman Sharon Brittan told bwfc.co.uk: "On behalf of the board I would like to thank Keith and David for their work since being appointed last year.

"Following on from this week's announcement by the EFL and confirmation that Bolton Wanderers will be playing in Sky Bet League Two next season, we believe it to be in the best interests of the Club that we have a fresh approach to our management and coaching structure for the next season and beyond.

"I would like to wish Keith and David all the very best for the future."

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