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Bolton's new chairman says there's a shortlist of 3 for next manager

Bolton Wanderer's new chairman Ken Anderson says the club are down to a shortlist of three candidates in the search for their next manager.

Speaking to the media for the first time today Mr Anderson told ITV Granada that former player and bookies favourite Phil Brown has not applied for the job.

As the club prepares for life in League One following relegation from the Championship he also said he'll be meeting with the squad to ask them directly if they want to be part of their campaign next term.

Wanderers will be playing in the third tier for the first time since 1993 after their demotion was confirmed on Saturday and the attention of Anderson and co-owner Dean Holdsworth has turned to transforming the squad for a tilt at promotion.

Anderson, who has revealed there have been 50 applications for the managerial vacancy at the Macron Stadium, has warned that there will be inevitable departures this summer.

Anderson is keen to offload those players who have no desire to follow the club down a division, though he is likely to face the same problems the previous regime encountered in moving on higher earners.

However, Anderson will seek answers from his players during a face-to-face meeting and added he has no intention of paying off contracts just to offload want away players.

I think the honest answer is we all know a number of players are going to leave.

My first thing today is asking the players - who wants to be here and work with us next season? I'm sure there will be some that do and a few that don't. The biggest thing to manage is the players with the biggest salaries and whether we can find clubs who will take them.

Several of them won't want to be here because they won't want to play in League One, they will want to play in the Championship. Their salary bands will probably ensure it's not going to be an easy job to find another club.

If the player doesn't want to be here, we don't want them to be here. We'd rather they move on.

What we won't be doing, if we can control it, is we're not going to pay players large amounts of money to leave - a compromise agreement.

If it comes to the stage where a player's on £20,000 a week and finding a club who are offering 15 and the player and his agent are saying, 'I want you to pay the £5,000 shortfall for the next two years'. We're not going to do it.

We will try and get the player out on loan and if he goes out on loan I may have to subside, which I don't want to do, but it's a lot easier to find £5,000 a week than £500,000 in one go.

If I pay all the players off that want to go we won't have sufficient funds to bring in the players we want to bring in.

– Ken Anderson

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Neil Lennon leaves Bolton

Sky Bet Championship club Bolton say they have parted company with manager Neil Lennon, by mutual consent.

Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Bolton Wanderers can announce that the club have today, Tuesday 15 March, parted company with manager Neil Lennon by mutual consent.

"All at Bolton Wanderers would like to thank Neil for his contributions during his time at the club.

"Academy manager Jimmy Phillips will take charge of the first team on an interim basis."

– Club statement

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