PARKY’S DE­FI­ANT AS POOR RE­SULTS GO ON

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By TFLP re­porter

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

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