Despite their current struggles, Andy Hughes expects Bolton Wanderers to be inundated with high-quality applicants for their vacant managerial post.
Dougie Freedman was shown the door at the Macron Stadium last Friday, as a result of an alarming start to their Championship season. The Lancashire club had won just one of their first 1o fixtures, with two draws and seven defeats also on their record.
Hughes was placed in caretaker charge following the departure of the Scot, but despite playing against 10 men for 54 minutes on Saturday, he was unable to prevent another loss as Bournemouth ran out 2-1 victors thanks to a Callum Wilson brace.
This result leaves Bolton bottom of the table, already five points adrift of safety. But Hughes, who isn’t expected to apply for the position on a regular basis, is sure there will be plenty of interest in the role, despite their struggles on and off the football pitch.
“Whoever comes into this club – with that dressing room – they have a chance,” Hughes told the club’s official website on Monday morning. “There’s going to be a lucky manager coming into this club, with this history. He’s got a great group of lads and staff.
“I’m sure they’ve been inundated with an unbelievable amount of managers of high quality. It’s an enticing job, I think it’s one of the best jobs in English football with the history, with the town, with the training ground, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see top, top managers.”
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