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Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin have both resigned from their positions with the crisis League One side, with the club confirming in a statement issued via the club website that they had accepted the resignations “with great reluctance”.
Wanderers have been in administration since May and have fielded teams largely made up of youth players so far this season, including their youngest-ever side in their draw against Coventry City, but this week’s fixture against Doncaster Rovers was postponed amid welfare concerns for the younger players.
So how big a blow is it for the Trotters, that Parkinson has left the club?
“It’s a massive blow. Despite all of their financial problems, Parkinson was always at the helm and had been hugely loyal to the Trotters.
“Nobody knows what’s going to happen in terms of Bolton’s finances, but there must have been a latest development under the radar that pushed Parkinson over the edge.
“That’s what will worry Bolton fans significantly. It will be a wonder if they can get anyone to walk into their club to manage at this current period.
“Wanderers should be happy with the service and loyalty Parkinson offered, however.”
“Whilst it is a bit of a setback it is not the most pressing matter at this point in time, as the future of the club is still severely in doubt.
“There are already no players at the club and therefore relegation is the likely outcome even if a takeover happens and even if Parkinson had remained.
“Bolton fans are no longer concerned with on-field matters as time is running out to settle the future of the club, having been in administration for almost four months.
“The club has experienced a number of blows over the last few months, so much so that this is far from the worst thing to happen, and the only concern now is ensuring a takeover occurs.”
“It’s such a turbulent time for the club and this only adds to the problems Bolton are finding themselves in.
“In Parkinson, you had a very experienced coach and someone who clearly had the club’s best interests at heart, so losing someone like that makes this even more disappointing.
“The only bit of consistency the club had has now gone, and Bolton’s future looks even more uncertain.
“You’ve just got to feel sorry for everyone associated with this mess.”