Townsend working as consultant at Bolton

Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Townsend is working in a consultancy role with Bolton as their managerial search drags on.

Press Association Sport understands the 52-year-old television pundit has arrived at the Macron Stadium as an advisor to the new regime, who need to find a permanent successor to Neil Lennon while shaping their squad for a campaign in Sky Bet League One next term.

Andy Townsend is helping out. Credit: PA

Speaking last week, new chairman Ken Anderson had hoped to identify the boss he wanted by the end of this week having whittled a shortlist of 50-plus candidates down to three.

However, the process may have been held up by the fact Anderson and chief executive Dean Holdsworth, the two men whose takeover saved the club from financial meltdown last month, cannot agree on who they want to take up the post.