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Favourites to become the next Bolton manager – interviews to start next week

After Phil Parkinson recently resigned from his role as first team manager due to the crisis situation Bolton were in before they saw their takeover completed, we’ve taken a look at who are favourites for the job at the University of Bolton Stadium.

It has been announced today that Football Ventures hope to have a new manager in place by the end of next week with interviews to start.

Football Ventures director Michael James said: “It is a very tough task. Our league starts now and we are starting on minus 11 points with the prospect of one or two punishments to be handed out.

“We need someone who can bring someone who can bring some stability.

“Time constraints are a big thing here. We’re here on Thursday evening and the transfer deadline is Monday at 5pm – we have basically a day-and-a-half of normal working hours. We’re seven-day-a-week people and we’ll work tirelessly to fill this spot.”

“We need someone who will be able to start right away,” added chair, Sharon Brittan.

“This is not a normal interview process, we don’t really have the luxury of time.

“We will draw up a shortlist. I’ll be involved in the interview process but the decision will be taken by the board.

“The manager is such an intrinsic part of everything, it’s such a massive appointment, we have to get it right first time.”

Take a look at who are the top six favourites below and on the next page.



Sam Allardyce had two spells with Bolton as a player between 1971 – 1980 and 1985 – 1986 as well as managing the Trotters between 1999 and 2007, winning the First Division playoffs in 2001.

His other managerial jobs includes Limerick (player-manager, won League of Ireland First Division 1991/92), Preston (caretaker), Blackpool, Notts County (won Third Division 1997/98), Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham (won Championship playoffs 2012), Sunderland, Crystal Palace and most recently Everton.

Current odds on becoming the new Bolton boss: 10/1



Owen Coyle most recently was manager of Scottish side Ross County, appointed in September 2017 before resigning in March 2018 with his side sitting bottom of the table.

Previously, he’s managed Blackburn Rovers, Houston Dynamo, Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley and a few Scottish sides.

Current odds on becoming the new Bolton boss: 10/1



Pearson is a former Foxes manager, where he won the Championship and League One during his time between 2011 and 2015.

His most recent job was with Belgian First Division B side Oud-Heverlee Leuven but lasted 17 months, took them bottom having managed just 22 points from 24 games and there were many fan protests to get him out of the club.

Five months ago he was in talks to become the new manager of QPR, but he didn’t get the job.

Current odds on becoming the new Bolton boss: 9/1


Take a look at the top three favourites on the next page.


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