Report: Bolton set to appoint manager during international break

Bolton Wanderers are keen to appoint a new manager before Championship action returns in a fortnight.

The Trotters are without a man in charge since Dougie Freedman left the club on Friday.

Under-18’s assistant coach Andy Hughes and goalkeeping coach Lee Turner oversaw Saturday’s home defeat to Bournemouth, a result that leaves the Trotters at the foot of the Championship table.

Despite having received a number of applications from serious candidates for the job - with Malky Mackay and Tony Mowbray said to have put their names forward - the impending international break gives the club management a two-week window in which to appoint the right man for the job.

However, the appointment may be hard, with little in the way of prospects for Bolton. The incoming manager will be tasked with keeping the Trotters in the Championship, despite limited transfer funds and a playing squad potentially not up to the task.

The lack of funds available at the Macron Stadium could also prevent the club from poaching a manager from another team, with any likely compensation fee set to block any move.

Favourite for the job is former Trotters captain Phil Brown, currently in charge of Southend United. Having led Hull City to Premier League promotion in 2008, the 55-year-old is certainly a veteran of the Championship, and his ties to the club make him the ideal candidate to lead Bolton out of the miserable spell currently being endured.

Speaking to The Bolton News, Andy Hughes revealed that whoever is coming into the club has the perfect set-up to achieve success.

He said: “Whoever comes in here will be an extremely lucky man.

“If I was a high-class manager with this facility, the training ground, the academy, the town, the fans, I would be chomping at the bit to get the job.”

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