Parkinson finally walks away from Trotters and who can blame him!

Phil Parkinson in frame for the Barnsley job.

Phil Parkinson has resigned as manager of Bolton Wanderers but it is a miracle he decided to hang around for so long.

It would appear that the turmoil which has surrounded the club over the last six months has finally taken its toll on Parkinson, who along with his assistant Steve Parkin, has opted to walk away from the club.

Parkinson is said to have handed in his resignation before the 5-0 drubbing against Tranmere at the weekend, but news of his departure from University of Bolton Stadium only emerged late on Wednesday night.

Bolton took the decision to postpone their League 1 clash against Doncaster on Tuesday night as duty of care towards their young players, who would have faced playing four games in such a short period of time, and it was a risk they were not willing to take.

Whether that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Parkinson remains to be seen, but how he has quite lasted this long in the job is incredible.

That is down to the man himself, who has handled himself superbly over the last six months. He could quite easily have walked away. The cynics will claim there is a reason for that, but most Trotters supporters will believe he was attempting to help guide the club through the most troubled time in its long history.

Going without pay for months, Parkinson and his staff still worked throughout the summer trying to put some kind of pre-season together with what was left of the Bolton squad, as the Administrators attempted to sell the club.

Football Ventures have yet to complete, but have not been helped by the on-going drama involving the hotel attached to the stadium, and court injunctions from Laurence Bassini, who is convinced that he should be allowed to take over despite never once proving he has the proof of funds to take the club forward.

The very latest reports suggest there is positive news regards the takeover finally going through. And Parkinson stepping aside is a move which will allow the new owners to appoint their own manager, who has already be lined up.

The Bolton fans will believe when they see it.

Parkinson had his critics. His style of play, tactics and team selections, particularly last season were heavily criticised by the supporters, many of whom wanted him sacked as Bolton headed towards League One.

However, those supporters have been won back over the last few months with the way he has handled himself in what has been nothing short of a dire situation for the club.

Parkinson will not be out of work for long. He got Bolton promoted to the Championship and kept them up in difficult circumstances with a very limited budget, before things got completely out of control and relegation was confirmed last season.

But he can leave with his head held high and many a chairman and club owner will have been impressed with the loyalty he has shown to Bolton in testing times.