Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater was full of praise for manager Phil Parkinson as they prepare to do battle in the Championship next season, reports The Bolton News.
The 30-year-old centre-back has been at the Macron Stadium since 2011, in which time the Lancashire-based outfit slipped out of the Premier League in 2012, and then suffered another relegation four years later into the third tier.
However, the former Middlesbrough man more than played his part in helping Parkinson’s side return to the Championship at the first time of asking, netting nine goals in 43 League One appearances to secure second place in the table, four points clear of Scunthorpe United.
And Wheater has sung Parkinson’s praises for taking the club from one riddled with problems on and off the field in 2016, to one on their way back to the second tier just 12 months later.
He said: ‘He [Parkinson] always made sure our heads were right, from day one. He didn’t let us get down when there were a few results against us.
‘The place is so much calmer now than it was 12 months ago, it is a happier place to be.
‘He has transformed the club.’
These comments are sure to interest Bolton fans who have endured some turbulent times in the last few years, but now appear to be watching a side very much on the up.
Wheater has been a part of both the good and the bad times at the Macron Stadium, and still remains an accomplished centre-back who knows his way round the Championship, and having that experience in the squad will surely make a huge difference next season.
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