Bolton manager Phil Parkinson comments on reports linking him to Reading job

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Bolton,...

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has been linked with the vacant Reading post.

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson looks on from the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Bolton Wanderers at The New York Stadium on October...

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has brushed off reports linking him to the Reading job by saying his main focus is on the weekend clash with league leaders Norwich City, as reported by the Bolton News.

“I literally only just found out about it, and it’s a shame that Paul is no longer the manager but I am concentrating on Bolton Wanderers and the weekend,” he explained.

Parkinson's name has been mentioned as an option for the vacant Reading job after the Royals parted company with former manager Paul Clement, with the club struggling near the bottom of the Championship.

 

The current Bolton boss is a popular figure at Reading, having made nearly 400 appearances for the club as a player in a spell stretching over a decade.

Parkinson’s work at Bolton would not have gone unnoticed at the Madejski Stadium, with the 51-year-old guiding the club back up from League One and keeping them in the Championship despite working against financial restrictions.

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers at Boundary Park on April 15, 2017 in Oldham, England.

Now, though, the Trotters sit in the relegation zone and, with just one win in their last 14 league games, the Bolton supporters may be starting to question his ability, with the vacant Reading job potentially tempting.

Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin both signed new deals at Bolton in 2017 after previously being on 12-month rolling contracts, but the length of those deals was not disclosed.

Bolton Wanderers' manager Phil Parkinson is consoled by Hull City's manager Nigel Adkins at the end of the match

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