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…
Bolton Wanderers lurch from one crisis to another, with the latest the resignation of manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin.
The club are currently sitting in 23rd place in League One without a win all season and this week their midweek league fixture against Doncaster Rovers was postponed, amid welfare concerns for the Trotters’ young players.
So with a manager vacancy at the University of Bolton Stadium, could Wanderers turn to a former club legend in Kevin Nolan to take over at the beleaguered club?
Would Nolan be a good appointment if he can be tempted back to the club?
“Kevin Nolan would be a good appointment for the people at the club, and the supporters as he gets the place and has a superb relationship with the fans.
“However, for him it would be the wrong step to take in his managerial career. He can’t be sure on the future of Bolton and now is not the appropriate time to try and start something at the club.
“If all financial problems were to be resolved, he’d be a sure man for the next Wanderers manager’s spot.
“Nolan will always give his all to a cause and would definitely lift spirits, but right now for himself, it’s not the right time.”
“Once the club sorts itself out it can decide on bringing in a suitable manager, and Kevin Nolan would be a good choice, and he would likely be willing to return to help a club he dedicated so many years to.
“He is a good lower league manager and has been unfortunate so far, particularly in regard to the clubs he has managed, with both Leyton Orient and Notts County experiencing problems at board level during his spells at both.
“His appointment would be a lift and he knows the club and the fans well, so that would provide him with a platform to show what he can do, and lift the pressure on his shoulders.
“However, if he was appointed now there is little he could do to turn things around on the pitch, as he simply does not have the personnel to do so.”
“Nolan did some very good work at Notts County and was unlucky to lose his job there – particularly with hindsight.
“Again, he’s someone that knows Bolton as a club very well, but I’d have my doubts over him stepping into League One and trying to salvage this season.
“To me, if Bolton want to survive, they need someone else, but if they’re focusing on what next season and League Two might bring, Nolan could be their man.
“He’s got plenty about him and could rebuild from the bottom tier.”