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‘He’d be the best option for the club/administrators’ – 53-y/o eyes Bolton job: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Beleagured League One side Bolton Wanderers are on the hunt following the resignation of manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin, as confirmed on the club website.

Academy boss Jimmy Phillips has been put in interim charge of the team, while the club look to make a permanent appointment, but it may be that the club look to appoint from within, after U23 coach David Lee indicated that he would be interested in the top-job back in June, as reported in the Bolton News.

So would Lee be a wise and cheap appointment at the Trotters?

We discuss………

Dean Cooke

“Lee would definitely be a wise option considering the circumstance. He’s also one that wouldn’t turn his back on the club if the financial worsened.

“He knows the club and gets Bolton and its supporters, obviously going into unchartered territories as a manager, but there’s no reason why he can’t be effective.

“With a lot of the young players involved, he would e a perfect fit at this current time due to his role as Academy assistant director.

“Bolton have to get it right, not necessarily in terms of results but someone to start rebuilding if the club sorts itself out.”

Kealan Hughes

“At this current time, considering the circumstances, he’d be the best option for the club/administrators.

“The club is in serious debt and needs to cut its expenditure in any way it can. Lee is already at the club so would only see his responsibilities increase and at this point results matter little.

“The future of Bolton Wanderers is the priority and once that is concluded they can hopefully set about getting a new manager in, but until then Lee will have to fulfil that role.

“At least Lee understands the club and what the fans are going through, and considering the first-team is now made up of academy players he would be able to continue his work with them.”

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Alfie Burns

“This could be a good route for the club to take for a couple of reasons in wake of Parkinson’s departure.

“Yes, he’s the cheap option, which is obviously something that the Trotters are going to have to consider, but there’s more to it than that.

“Lee knows plenty about working with younger players – including the likes of Zach Clough – and given the make up of Bolton’s current squad, he will be able to coach them, as well as make sure they’re managing themselves through the chaos.

“He knows the club and that’s another important factor, although his experience is a concern.”

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