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Bolton set to make a decision on manager’s future

Bolton Wanderers are reportedly set to make a decision on their manager’s future as he is out of contract at the end of this month.

The Bolton News revealed that he could follow chief executive Emma Beaugeard out of the door as the upheaval continues after League One relegation.

Well, at 5pm on Friday, it was confirmed that Keith Hill and his assistant David Flitcroft have both parted ways after more than nine months and 29 league games in charge.

The club statement issued on Friday evening: Bolton Wanderers Football Club can confirm that it will not be offering new contracts to Keith Hill and David Flitcroft when their current deals expire at the end of the month.

The Board would like to place on record its gratitude to Keith and David who took over the managerial reins in August 2019 and extends its very best wishes for their future careers.

Chairman of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Sharon Brittan, said: “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.”

The Trotters’ relegation to League Two was confirmed earlier this week and off the back of that, it means changes can start being made to the team as they would hope to bounce straight back up next season.

“Cost reductions” played a part in the chief executive’s departure but if Hill and Flitcroft’s contract is not renewed it would come as part of a restructure of the football department, which has been overseen by the head of football operations, Tobias Phoenix, Bolton News state.

Both Hill and Flitcroft have had no communication with the club since being placed on leave at the beginning of April.

It was back in August 2019 that Hill replaced Phil Parkinson, in which he said it was “his dream job”, before bolstering the squad previously reliant on youth players, signing nine players before the transfer deadline closed in September 2019 and then brought in another 10 in January 2020.

Despite the deduction of 12 points, Bolton ended the league season with five wins, eleven draws and eighteen defeats from 34 games played.

Of the 286 days and 33 games at the helm, Keith Hill picked up a 18.2 win percentage.

The staff and squad knew right from the off how much of a challenge they faced after losing 6-1 at Rotherham in Hill’s first league game, before getting their first point in a 0-0 draw against Oxford United on the 17th of September and hadn’t registered a win until Bristol Rovers away on the 22nd of October.

They then won a further three consecutive matches in all competitions, taking the club to a positive points total for the first time.

Their form dropped away before picking up three draws prior to the season being suspended.

Any hopes of survival was burst by January after being defeated 7-1 at Accrington despite being Southend before Christmas.

There have been calls for a change in management since the time of lockdown, however Hill said Bolton was a “long term project” and felt him getting the boot would be “crass and unfair”.

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