In the eyes of some people, Bolton Wanderers are doomed in the Sky Bet Championship, and although results are beginning to improve slowly, there is a feeling that their return to the second-tier will be a brief one.
Questions of Phil Parkinson’s ability will undoubtedly be asked, and whilst the general feeling is Bolton will stick with the ex-Bradford man, there is certainly an argument a fresh face in the dugout could boost things around the Macron Stadium.
Should Parkinson leave, one man who will be certainly linked with the role is Kevin Nolan, an ex-Bolton player, with the club’s best interest at heart.
Nolan is excelling with Notts County in League Two, with his side firmly established as one of the favourites for promotion.
With that in mind, our writers take a look at Nolan and whether Bolton should consider him if Parkinson is moved on.
Yes, without a doubt.
Sacking Phil Parkinson would be harsh, as things have improved in recent weeks, but Nolan would be an ideal candidate.
It wouldn’t be just because he’s an ex-player either. Of course, his love for the club is a bonus, but Nolan is proving to be a very good manager.
The job he has done at Notts County has been terrific and many club’s will be looking at him in the future.
A fair shout.
Parkinson has had his hands tied at Bolton this season and if he was to be sacked it is hard to see who would do a better job.
For sure, though, I can see him being told to go as is the way the game is these days and perhaps bringing in someone who knows the club like Nolan would be the best way to go.
Nolan would immediately have the fans backing but would he want to abandon Notts County’s project?
Bolton are now unbeaten in their last four league games and are fighting.
But if Parkinson was axed from his role, they’d need to find someone who knows how to keep a side in the Championship.
Nolan, is of course a legend at the Macron Stadium, but he hasn’t got the managerial experience of keeping a side in the second tier.
It might be a step too far for Nolan.