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Who is Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson?

Phil Parkinson is Bolton Wanderers’ current manager and has been in the job since 2016. Before becoming a manager he was a player in midfield for 3 different clubs in England: Southampton, Bury and Reading. Phil Parkinson was born on December 1st 1967 in Chorley, Lancashire, England and he’s 51 years old.

Starting off in Southampton’s academy in 1985, he never made an official appearance for the first team before being sold to Bury in 1988. At Bury, he made 145 appearances over 4 years scoring only 5 goals. In 1992 he was sold to Reading for £500,000 and he became an instant fan favourite. He played for Reading for 11 years from 1992 to 2003 as he racked up 361 appearances scoring 20 goals, he won Reading’s player of the season two years in a row in 1997–98 and 1998–99 and he lead the side to a Second Division title win in 2001-02. The season afterwards he enjoyed a testimonial year playing in front of 20,000 fans in the Madjeski Stadium where they saw ex Reading players such as Shaka Hislop, Michael Gilkes and Jeff Hopkins take on an England XI which included players such as John Barnes, Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne. His final competitive appearance for Reading was in was a League Cup defeat to Cambridge United on September 10, 2002. A few years later Phil Parkinson was voted in the Reading all time XI side and was voted the best central midfielder as he won over 60% of the vote.

Phil Parkinson has managed teams such as Colchester United in 2003-06, Hull City, Charlton Athletic and Bradford City before joining Bolton Wanderers at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Phil Parkinson has been the Bolton Wanderers manager since the 2016-17 season, he started his managerial stint at Bolton Wanderers by being unbeaten in his first month and he gained promotion to the Championship by the end of the season. In the 2017-18 season, Bolton Wanderers finished 21st and narrowly missed out on relegation after an uninspiring season.

The season after however, Bolton Wanderers finished 23rd and therefore were relegated to the League One. The board have decided to stick with Phil Parkinson next season due to off the field problems and will have a tough season next year due to financial problems. However, the club will hope Phil Parkinson and his experience can keep the club afloat.