Bolton Wanderers interim manager Jimmy Phillips has confirmed that he will remain in his post until the conclusion of the current season.
The 50-year-old was placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs by Dean Holdsworth on Tuesday, following the departure of Neil Lennon, and has now been asked to oversee proceedings for the remainder of the campaign.
Holdsworth’s Sports Shield consortium formally completed the takeover of the club last week, and chose to part company the Northern Irishman, before turning to the academy manager to fill the void.
Wanderers are rooted to the bottom of the Championship standings – 11 points adrift of safety, with nine games left to try and avoid relegation down into the third-tier for the first time in over two decades.
In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester on Thursday, Phillips said: “Obviously we’ve got a new consortium coming in, I think because of the nature of the club they’re having to take things very steadily and they will have a full business plan behind their actions.
“I don’t think it’s a case of whether I want to put my name forward (for the manager’s job) , I think they’ve got a plan and hopefully I will be part of their plans in the future.
“Whatever shape that takes, time will tell.”
Bolton-born Phillips, who made over 400 appearances for his hometown club during his playing career, takes his beleaguered squad to Ashton Gate for a fixture against Bristol City. The Greater Manchester outfit have recorded just four victories all season, and are yet to win away from the Macron Stadium this term.
On the same day that Phillips revealed he will stay in the dugout, winger Liam Feeeney left Bolton, in favour of a loan move to Ipswich Town.