49-year-old Championship boss a contender for Leeds vacancy - report
By Harvey Byrne
Bolton manager Phil Parkinson has emerged as a contender to replace departed boss Garry Monk at Leeds, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has reported on Thursday that the 49-year-old has been brought to the attention of new owner Andrea Radrizzani due to his ability to work under a tight budget and “difficult circumstances” at Bolton.
The Greater Manchester club won promotion back to the Championship in the previous campaign as they finished as runners-up to winners Sheffield United with 86 points won from 46 matches.
It was some feat for the club, who had solely relied upon free transfers and loans in the last summer alongside losing young star Rob Holding to Arsenal and forward Zach Clough to Nottingham Forest.
It also marked Parkinson’s third promotion in his career, as he took Colchester to the Championship in 2006 as runners-up alongside taking Bradford back to League One via the play-offs in 2013.
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Leeds, meanwhile will be looking for a manager who they feel can take them to the Premier League next season after their seventh placed finish under Monk.
It is detailed by the Mail that the club are meeting candidates this week and while big name bosses like Alan Pardew mentioned for the Leeds job, Parkinson would be quite an outside bet at this stage.
In other Leeds news, Huddersfield have been installed the favourites to sign this Whites star.