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It’s been a long drawn out saga as Bolton have searched for a new manager to replace Neil Lennon who lost his job last season, and former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill is believed to be one of two candidates for the job.

For some time Phil Brown was considered to be the likely new boss. He’s been in charge at Southend since March 2013 and, although having played for and managed Bolton, albeit as caretaker prior to the appointment of Sam Allardyce in 1999, he’s continued to distance himself from the role.

0405 burnley steve cotterill 03More worrying for the beleaguered Wanderers fans was the thought of Peter Reid taking over. Reid had a very good time at Sunderland but that’s a long time ago and more recent spells in management in England, at Leeds, Coventry and Plymouth have been anything but successful.

Other names have flitted in and out, with Bradford City issuing a hands off warning ahead of any potential move for their manager Phil Parkinson, and Russell Slade having opted to take on the job at Charlton.

It now seems it is down to two, Cotterill and Nigel Adkins who was recently sacked after a disappointing season at Sheffield United. Cotterill is currently considered the favourite with the bookmakers.

Adkins did well at Scunthorpe and that landed him the job at Southampton. Since leaving there he’s hardly done well at either Reading or with the Blades. Cotterill, however, was celebrating promotion from League One with Bristol City a year ago although lost his job at the beginning of the year with them struggling down at the bottom. He’s certainly experienced in working at clubs during difficult times.

Bolton claim to have got their man but there has been no announcement. The Bolton News believe that could be down to the soon to be appointed assistant manager being away on holiday and still to agree terms.

It could be that two North West clubs, both of whom were playing Premier League football three years ago, could be under the management of former Burnley managers soon with Owen Coyle already having taken the role at Ewood.

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