The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Rich Dore

BOLTON have opened talks with man­ager Phil Parkin­son over a contract ex­ten­sion.

The 49-year-old former Brad­ford City boss took over at the Macron Sta­dium last sum­mer, sign­ing a two-year deal upon his ar­rival.

Parkin­son’s first cam­paign in charge of the Trot­ters proved an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess as he helped the club back into the Cham­pi­onship at the first time of ask­ing, seal­ing a sec­ond-place fin­ish in League One last term.

Chair­man Ken An­der­son has con­firmed that he plans to sit down at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble with Parkin­son’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ex­pects it all to be straight­for­ward.

“We are in dis­cus­sion with Phil about a new contract,” said An­der­son.

“We have made an of­fer and I am due to meet with his agent, but we’re very hope­ful some­thing will be sorted soon.”

An­der­son be­lieves Parkin­son is the per­fect man to lead his team for years to come.

He added: “I think you only have to lis­ten to the play­ers to see how they re­late to Phil and his staff, and that is very sat­is­fy­ing as a chair­man.”

SUC­CESS: Phil Parkin­son

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