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Bolton Wanderers FC First Team Staff Profiles

Information on the staff involved with the football club. 

Phil Parkinson
First Team Manager

Phil Parkinson started his career in professional football in the youth setup at Southampton. His professional debut in the game came after he made the move back to his native north west, joining Bury in 1988.

At the Shakers he would go on to register over a century of appearances over a four-year spell, playing in midfield alongside current Bolton Wanderers under-18s coach David Lee.

Parkinson then joined Reading from Bury in a deal worth around £37,500. It proved to be money well spent for the Royals, as Parkinson went on to become a cult figure with the Berkshire club, registering a grand total of 425 appearances over the following 11 years.

Shortly after his arrival Parkinson was part of the side that won the Division Two title in the 1993/94 season. 

In the 2001/02 season he would captain the side under then-manager Alan Pardew, leading Reading to promotion from Division Two once again.

After that achievement Parkinson was awarded a testimonial game at Reading, with a crowd of over 20,000 in attendance for a memorable game at the Madejski Stadium which saw the likes of John Barnes and Paul Gascoigne on show.

Parkinson called time on his playing career in 2003, and shortly after Reading later ran a fan vote to determine an all-time XI. Parkinson topped the vote as the club’s best ever central midfielder.

Parkinson took his first steps in management with Colchester United in 2003, initially guiding them to a comfortable mid-table position in the Second Division. 

Another season of consolidation followed, before in 2005/06 Parkinson guided the Us to an unlikely second-place finish and consequent promotion to the Championship.

He was then appointed as Hull City manager in the summer of 2006 before later reuniting with Pardew as his assistant at Charlton Athletic. 

Following Pardew’s departure in November 2008, Parkinson was handed the manager’s job and despite relegation from the Championship, Charlton responded with a positive showing, missing out on an immediate return to the second tier after a play-off semi-final defeat against Swindon.

His most recent spell in charge of Bradford City began in 2011. Sitting just outside the League Two drop zone, Parkinson initially steadied the ship and guided the Bantams to safety. Under his watch, Bradford would then go on to topple both Arsenal and Aston Villa in a memorable run to the League Cup final during the 2012/13 campaign. Despite defeat in the showpiece event against Swansea City at Wembley, Parkinson was rewarded with the Outstanding Achievement award.

Later that season he guided Bradford to the League Two play-off final, where they defeated Northampton to gain promotion to League One.

Bradford continued to knock on the door of the League One play-off in the following two seasons, whilst further scalps also followed in cup competitions. A memorable victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge during the FA Cup a particular highlight.

During the most recent campaign Parkinson and Bradford reached the League One play-offs, though were defeated by Millwall over two legs in the semi-finals.

On Friday 10 June Parkinson’s spell at Bradford officially came to an end, as he agreed to join Bolton Wanderers ahead of the 2016/17 season in Sky Bet League One.

Steve Parkin
First Team Assistant Manager

A defender during his playing days in the 1980s and 1990s, Mansfield-born Parkin began his career with Stoke City, captaining the Potters’ youth team to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 1984 where they eventually lost out to Everton.

Spending six years as a professional with City, he was unable to prevent them from suffering relegation in 1985 but did remain with the club for a further four years before moving to West Bromwich Albion.

Also earning a handful of England U21 caps during the late eighties, Parkin linked up with his hometown club of Mansfield Town in 1992, eventually going on to move into management with them in the latter stages of the 1990s.

Initially taking over the reins following the dismissal of Andy King in 1996/97, the then-30-year-old remained in the hotseat for a further three seasons, narrowly missing out on the play-offs with the Stags on two occasions.

Moving onto pastures new just before the turn of the millennium with Rochdale his next port of call, he led the Spotland outfit to tenth and eighth place finishes in Nationwide League Two during his two years with the club.

Next spending a brief spell with Barnsley – one which unfortunately ended in relegation for the Tykes – Parkin then proceeded to act as assistant manager with Notts County following his departure from Oakwell.

Returning to his former employers Dale in late 2003, the former defender went on to spend three years in Greater Manchester, ensuring that the club avoided relegation on two occasions alongside enjoying a charge towards the play-off positions in 2004/05. 

Departing Spotland for a second time in late 2006, Parkin was quickly snapped up by then-Championship outfit Hull City where he worked alongside former Bolton player and coach Phil Brown.

Taking caretaker charge of the Tigers after the latter was placed on gardening leave in March 2010, the arrival of Nigel Pearson at the KC Stadium soon after saw Parkin move onto pastures new that summer.

Enjoying a brief spell with Scunthorpe United as assistant to Ian Baraclough during the 2010/11 season, he proceeded to link up with Phil Parkinson at Valley Parade in September 2011, joining the Bantams as assistant manager – a position which he retained until moving to Macron Stadium in June 2016.

Lee Butler
First Team Goalkeeping Coach

Butler arrived at Macron Stadium in June 2016 alongside manager Phil Parkinson having held the position of first team goalkeeping coach at Valley Parade since 2013.

An experienced shot-stopper during his playing days, the now 50-year-old started his professional career with Lincoln City, impressing to earn a move to Aston Villa in the late 1980s.

Although limited in his opportunities with the Villans, Butler’s most fruitful spell was to come in the form of a five-year stint at Oakwell with Barnsley where he made over a century of appearances for the Tykes between 1991 and 1996.

After leaving the Yorkshire outfit, Sheffield-born Butler plied his trade for the likes of Wigan Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic before being forced to retire from the full-time game in the early noughties due to a knee injury,

Figuring for the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Alfreton Town and also enjoying three separate spells with Halifax Town thereafter, Butler has acted as assistant manager for the latter alongside spending four years with Doncaster as their goalkeeping coach prior to his move to Bradford three years ago.

Nick Allamby
Head of Sports Science

Named as the club’s head of sports science when making the move to Macron Stadium in June 2016, Allamby brings a wealth of experience to Wanderers. 

Having studied at the University of Teesside, he previously spent nine years at Middlesbrough, working as senior strength and conditioning coach, rehabilitation specialist and sports therapist.

Allamby then made the move to Bradford City in the summer of 2011, where he held the role of head of sports performance prior to his recent switch to the Whites alongside manager Parkinson.

Tim Breacker
Consultant Chief Scout

A stalwart in the English game, former England Under-21 international Breacker joined Wanderers in June 2016 as chief scout having worked alongside manager Parkinson at Bradford.

Starting out as an apprentice with Luton Town in the early 1980s, the full-back made over 200 appearances at Kenilworth Road where he also helped the Hatters to their shock League Cup Final success over Arsenal in 1988.

Snapped up by West Ham United just two years later, the defender settled into life at Upton Park with ease and became a reliable figure in defence during his nine years in East London.

Ending his playing career with two seasons at Loftus Road with Queens Park Rangers, Breacker worked as a coach under Ian Holloway with the R’s before following him to both Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.

Linking up with current Bolton boss for the first time in the summer of 2009 when he joined Charlton Athletic as his assistant, the 50-year-old spent a brief spell with Millwall before reuniting with Parkinson as the Bantam's chief scout.

Kristian Aldred
First Team Sports Scientist

After securing a 1st class honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science and an MSc in Sport & Exercise Science Physiology at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011, Kristian Aldred joined the club in the same year as a Sport Science intern.

Originally brought in to support the academy squad, Aldred progressed to work within Wanderers’ development squad set-up before joining the first team backroom staff in the summer of 2013.

Alongside monitoring the daily training load and producing summaries of collected data to ensure that the players are at the peak of fitness, Aldred also administers Cryotheraphy sessions and assists other members of the medical department with gym and field based conditioning sessions.