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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
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.

Dan Birdsall
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Having spent six years with Morecambe Football Club as Head of Sports Science prior to joining the club in the summer of 2013, Dan Birdsall boasts a degree in Sport and Exercise Science alongside the FA Applied Football Science and Conditioning award.

Wholly experienced in the field, Birdsall provides sports science advice and feedback on a daily basis and works closely with the medical department during gym based rehabilitation of injured players.

Providing each player with a tailored recovery plan following matches and training, he also works closely with the medical department during gym based rehabilitation of injured players and structures the general conditioning program for the whole squad focusing on improving strength and power whilst reducing the risk of injury. 

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.

Alan Watmough
Soft Tissue Therapist

Now in his third full season as a member of the club’s medical department following eight years with Preston North End, Alan Watmough works full time with the first team squad with his role requiring him to administer both pre and post training treatments of all players.

Working under the supervision of Head Physiotherapist Steve Megson, Watmough helps to form part of the rehabilitation treatment of injured players as and when required and provides soft tissue work on matchdays alongside assisting in setting up medical and nutritional equipment.

Outside of his role with the club, he also works in a well-established chiropractic clinic.

Iain Brunskill
Development Coach

Iain Brunskill joined Bolton Wanderers as the club’s new development coach in November 2014, tasked with overseeing the club’s Under-21s and development squad.

Having worked for The Football Association before linking up with the Whites, Brunskill has also enjoyed coaching stints with Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers and Maltese side Floriana FC.

A former player, he came through the ranks at Liverpool before signing for Bury in 1996 - later returning to Anfield as assistant academy technical director in March 1998.

Brunskill left Liverpool to become reserve team manager at Blackburn Rovers in August 2008 after Paul Ince’s arrival as manager at Ewood Park. He would retain the position under former Trotters manager Sam Allardyce, before being promoted to first team coach by Steve Kean in December 2010.

Leaving Ewood Park in December 2012, Brunskill soon took up his first role in senior management as he joined Maltese side Floriana FC as their new head coach on a short-term contract the following month.

Returning to England in June 2013, he started working for the FA, joining their coach development department as youth coach educator, before later moving to Macron Stadium.

Having seen a number of youngsters feature for the Trotters' first team during his time with the club, Brunskill also led the development squad to Manchester FA Senior Cup success as they beat Manchester City to lift the trophy in August 2015.

Chris Short
First Team Fitness Coach

Having been involved in the game both as a player and as a coach, Chris Short joined the club in the summer of 2013 as First Team Fitness Coach.

After enjoying spells with the likes of Notts County, Sheffield United and Stoke City during a 15 year professional career, Short went on to secure a BSc Sports Science Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University alongside a diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

Since his retirement from the game over a decade ago, Short has been employed as a massage therapist with Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United and Derby County alongside holding the position of first team fitness coach at Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Leeds United.

Heavily experienced in the field, he also enjoyed a spell as Head of Performance at Brad Friedel’s Soccer Academy in Ohio, USA.

In his everyday role, Short is responsible for the conditioning of the players, including rehabilitating gym and Cryotherapy sessions as well as monitoring body compositions and nutritional requirements and conducting warm-up sessions for all players and individuals.

Alongside his duties for the club, the 42-year-old is due to row the English Channel this summer for charity.

Dave Dean
Sports Rehabilitator

Dave Dean is part of the Wanderers' medical team and his role represents quite a career change, as he had previously spent 17 years of his life working in a bank.

Despite coming from a completely different industry, Dean does have sporting connections, playing rugby and volleyball and at one point be was the GB women's volleyball coach. 

He was made redundant from his job at the bank which prompted him to go back to college and studied sports therapy at Thameside College for two years before going on to study in more depth at Salford University. 

Part of the course at Salford included a two-month work placement with Bolton and after qualifying he was offered a job in the medical department in 2008. 

Dean’s job involves providing a wide range of massage routines to ensure that everyone at the club remains in peak physical condition. 

The massages are not just for players who have picked up a niggle. On the eve of any away matches for example, Dean will travel with the squad and offer massages to players that helps them sleep, which is all part of the team’s preparation. 

He also has to make sure all the stock of medical equipment we may need is readily available, help set up the treatment room and perform any last minute massages that are needed.

Mark Leather
Head of Sports Performance

Boasting experience in the professional game spanning over 25 years including ten seasons in the Premier League as Head of Sports Medicine for both Liverpool and Sunderland, Leather previously worked with the club under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce before returning back in May 2013.

Alongside his exploits in the top flight of English football, Leather has also plied his trade with a variety of other clubs including Brighton & Hove Albion, Preston North End and Burnley as well as holding the position of Head Physiotherapist for Wigan Warriors.

Having obtained a Master’s degree in Sports Physiology and a teaching qualification, Leather has also worked at Edge Hill University where he led the MSc Football Rehabilitation programme.

Bobby Mimms
First Team Goalkeeping Coach

Following Lee Turner's departure to Charlton Athletic at the start of the 2015/16 season, former Everton and Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Bobby Mimms was appointed as Bolton Wanderers' new goalkeeping coach in August 2015.

The 51-year-old joined the Whites from Blackpool, having previously held the same position with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn and West Ham United in the Premier League, as well as with Oldham Athletic and the Bahrain national side.

Featuring for no less than 13 teams during his playing days, Mimms famously served as Neville Southall and Tim Flowers’ understudies at Everton and Blackburn respectively, and was a member of either club’s 1986/87 First Division and 1994/95 Premiership-winning squads.

The former England Under-21s international also started for Everton in the 1986 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, before replacing Ray Clemence as Tottenham Hotspur’s first-choice goalkeeper in 1988 prior to his move to Blackburn.

Following his arrival at Macron Stadium, Mimms started working closely with Ben Amos and Ross Fitzsimons ahead of the Whites' season opener against Derby County.