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Bolton Wanderers in no rush to replace Owen Coyle says caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips

By Alex Bysouth

With this weekend’s action drawing closer, Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is in no rush to make the important decision of appointing a permanent manager.

Academy chief Jimmy Phillips will take to the dugout alongside former boss Sammy Lee on Saturday after Gartside put the pair in charge of first team affairs following Owen Coyle’s dismissal.

Big names such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mick McCarthy were linked to take the helm at the Reebok Stadium, but Phillips understands getting the right person is important for the club to progress.

“The next manager is going to be a very important decision and it needs to be one that takes the club forward,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“He recognised the good work that’s gone on in the academy and I think he’s looking for the club to have a first-team squad that is integrated with players from within.

“He’s not in a rush to appoint anyone and, with myself, Sammy and Julian [Darby] taking over, he knows he’s got people with the club at heart,” the former Trotters player added.

Bolton sit 18th in the Championship after a poor start to the season, but Phillips – who played 411 times for Wanderers – dismissed the idea of being appointed on a permanent basis.

He said: “It’s a results-driven business and it’s not a question that can be answered now because we’ve got to see how we do in the games.”

Picture credit: Bolton Wanderers

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