Chris Wilder a contender for Bolton job

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HITC Sport understands that the Cobblers boss is a contender for the Bolton job

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder is among those in the frame to take over at Bolton Wanderers, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Bolton are in the market for a new boss after parting company with the services of Neil Lennon earlier on Tuesday.

Lennon's departure from Bolton comes just five days after the Sports Shield consortium completed their takeover of the club.

Bolton find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Championship table, 11 points from safety with just nine games left to play

The club's new owners are planning to take the club in a new direction and they are drawing up their shortlist of replacement for Lennon of which Wilder is thought to be among the contenders.

Wilder is regarded as one of the best young managers in the country after guiding Oxford back into the Football League from the Conference and consolidating them in League Two before taking over at Northampton in January 2014.

The 48-year-old helped to keep Northampton up against all the odds in his first season in charge – after taking over with the side in the relegation zone and he has transformed their fortunes this season.

Northampton are near certainties to win promotion to League One as they are 14 points clear at the top of League Two and they set a new club record of ten straight wins as they romp away with the title.

Wilder's work at Northampton has not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid and he has just over a year to run on his current deal at Sixfields.

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