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Ken Anderson plans future talks with Phil Parkinson

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Ken Anderson says the future of manager Phil Parkinson will be discussed in the coming weeks now that Wanderers have completed their great escape.

No firm guarantees were offered by the Bolton chairman after he was quizzed on whether Parkinson would be given the task of leading the club into a second season in the Championship.

With survival secured, the potential for new ownership or investment is significantly greater and Anderson has already spoken about finding up to £30million of funding this summer. He has been strongly linked with a Saudi Arabian consortium but also has links in China, the US and Eastern Europe.

Where that would leave Parkinson, who led the club to a thrilling 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday to complete a remarkable late sprint to safety, is up for debate.

“It’s time to think through, see what we want to do next season,” Anderson told The Bolton News. “We need to reflect on what has and hasn’t happened.

“I will have talks with the manager in the coming weeks.”

Anderson did praise the work of Parkinson and his coaching staff in his web column yesterday and has scotched suggestion he had an influence on team selection against Forest.

“We are in touch every day,” he said. “We talked about how we were going to play – but I did not pick the team. He picked the team, there was no doubt about it.

“All we said between us was that after last week’s game we were going to have to go out to be attacking, a draw wasn’t going to work.

“We needed fresh legs and I think you can see by the way we played to the end, we found that.”

Anderson says he was brought to tears by the win against Forest and the outpouring of relief which followed the final whistle.

“At the end when I saw people coming on the pitch I realised what it’s all about for the town, the people,” he said. “They have been through such a lot.

“We want to kick on. We’ll have a couple of weeks to think hard about what we want to do.”

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