Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson is ‘confident’ that he’ll have a competitive squad at his disposal for the start of the Championship campaign despite slow progress in the transfer window thus far, reports The Bolton News.
The Trotters secured an immediate return to the second tier last season by finishing second in League One, in which time they won 25 of their 46 league games to finish four points clear of Scunthorpe United in third.
And promotion immediately brings expectations that signings will both be needed and indeed completed ahead of the new campaign, but as of yet the Lancashire-based club have added just three names to their squad, two of which, in the form of Adam Le Fondre and Andrew Taylor, were on loan at the Macron Stadium last term.
Former Bristol City defender Mark Little represents the only new face to arrive at the club this summer, yet Trotters chief Parkinson remains confident that the squad will be in tact for the start of the new season despite minimal activity in the window so far.
He said: ‘I know the supporters can get frustrated. I’ve been around in management long enough now.
‘The easy thing to do would be to bring a player in just to keep everyone sweet – but I have to keep my nerve and plan ahead.
‘We’ll all be working hard to make sure we’ve got the best squad possible come the first game of the season. I am confident we’ll do that.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Bolton supporters, who will likely be relishing their side’s return to the Championship just 12 months on from their disastrous campaign in the second tier.
However, it certainly appears that the Trotters are in a much better position this time round than they were back then in their quest to re-establish themselves as a Championship club.
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