Bolton Wanderers have shortened their managerial search down to three candidates according to The Bolton News. Co-owner Kevin Anderson has confirmed that three individuals will have second interviews this week and that they could know their next manager by the end of the week.

Anderson also confirmed that bookies favourite Phil Brown, current manager of Southend United, and former player Kevin Nolan, who is no longer manager of Leyton Orient, have not applied for the vacancy.

Jimmy Phillips remains in caretaker charge, with the help of the experienced Peter Reid, however Anderson suggested that those two may not be asked to look after first-team duties for much longer.

Current Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder, as well as Steve Cotterill, who managed Bristol City earlier this season, are two names that have also been linked to the job.

Anderson announced at a press conference that the club are focusing more on a ‘modern’ manager and that League One is a difficult league that would require a certain type of manager,

“League One’s all about energy, unity and the players working for one another. We’ve got to take the game to our opposition from day one with a view that we’re going to win matches.

“As long as we do that we’ll have as good an opportunity as other clubs there.

“I really want a young, new-style manager. It’s going to make it much easier if we have people that work together as a team.

“Old-school managers don’t always want to work with the directors, chairman and people. The people we’ve identified and spoken to all fall into that category.”

It is very much a case of watch this space surrounding Bolton Wanderers, who are likely to name a new manager by the end of this week.

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