Bolton will reject controversial ex-Premier League manager's application - report

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

According to reports today, former Swindon Town and Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has applied to become the next Bolton Wanderers manager.

It doesn't seem that long ago that Bolton Wanderers were earning plaudits left, right and centre for their performances under Owen Coyle in the Premier League, but in recent years it has gone very, very wrong for the Trotters. Coyle was sacked just months after the club were relegated to the Championship in 2012, and Crystal Palace's Dougie Freedman was chosen as the man to try and take the cash-strapped club back to the top flight.

Yet once again, the club struggled for results. Freedman somehow lasted two years in charge despite poor results throughout his tenure in charge at the Macron Stadium before being sacked last week with the club picking up just five points from the opening ten games.

That leaves chairman Phil Gartside looking for another new manager, and reports suggest that Paolo Di Canio has made a bid to get back into football by applying for the job at Bolton.

The 46-year-old Italian has been out of work since being sacked by Sunderland back in September 2013, having picked up just three wins from 13 games in charge. A controversial figure on the field, off the field and as a manager, Di Canio's big break in management came in May 2011, becoming boss of Swindon Town, who he took up to League One at the first time of asking.

Despite his lower-league credentials, it's believed that Bolton will reject Di Canio's application, with the Trotters looking to appoint someone with a connection to the club, with either Phil Brown, Jimmy Phillips or Peter Reid the front-runners to replace Freedman.

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