Former Bolton Wanderers man Stelios Giannakopoulos has urged fans not to panic following their poor start to the season, in an interview with the club’s official website.
The former Greek international was a popular figure at the club having spent five years with the Trotters, and maintains a keen interest in what is going on at his former side.
Bolton have picked up just two points from their opening eleven Championship fixtures, and lie five points adrift at the bottom of the table.
There is still a long way to go this season, and Giannakopoulos is confident that manager Phil Parkinson can turn their year around, as long as all of those associated with the club get behind the manager.
“We need to be patient and work together,” he told bwfc.co.uk. “The things that we want, other clubs want too. There is a lot of competition for promotion into the Premier League.
“I believe they will perform and get the results they need to stay in this division and establish themselves in this division.”
Fans will be delighted to hear that the Greek maintains a love for the club, but many will be very pessimistic about their chances of survival this season.
The Trotters don’t look cut out for football at this level, and it will be a minor miracle if they suddenly discover the form to lead them away from danger.
January could be pivotal for Parkinson, and if he can keep the club from the Macron Stadium in contention until the turn of the year, then recruitment in the winter window could make all the difference towards their survival.
I agree with Giannakopoulos that fans need to be patient, but in a results driven business, time is certainly running out for Parkinson.
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