PARKY’S DEFIANT AS POOR RESULTS GO ON
BOLTON Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson says he can “hold his head very high” as he defended his record at the club.
The Trotters picked up three wins from their opening four games to move up to third place after seeing off Birmingham in August.
However, they have won only once in 10 games since then and are now 18th in the table.
“You will always come under pressure when you have lost games, and I have managed 720 games,” Parkinson said.
“We’re probably all getting stick and there’s a lot of passion and tension in the air as well when you lose games of football, but I can hold my head up very high at this club.”
Parkinson led Bolton to promotion from League One in his first season in charge, despite the club being under a transfer embargo.
They suffered a lack of form on their return to the Championship last season but stayed up in dramatic fashion by beating Nottingham Forest on the last day of the campaign.
On Thursday, club chairman Ken Anderson said he would take “whatever actions I think are necessary to ensure results improve” in light of their poor form.
“Myself and the staff have done an incredible job stopping this club from dropping further down the leagues and retaining our status last year when, in reality, we should have been bottom and washed away in the division,” added Parkinson.
“But if I take a step back, which I do when I’m driving home to my village and when I walk my dog, I think myself and my staff have done a remarkable job at this club with what we’ve had to deal with.
“And Ken’s done tremendously well to sort out the finances as well.”
PROUD: Phil Parkinson