BOLTON Wanderers are advertising for a new academy manager following Jimmy Phillips’ departure from the club.

Phillips served his hometown club for 30 years in a variety of roles and this week stepped down as head of the youth set-up at Lostock.

Relegation to League Two saw the Whites take the decision to step down from a category two to a category three academy earlier this year.

Head of football operations Tobias Phoenix told the Bolton News at the start of the month that progress on the restructure at academy level had been slow going due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Phillips, along with other long-serving staff including David Lee and Nicky Spooner were placed on furlough leave in March.

But with Ian Evatt appointed as first-team head coach and this week getting to work at Lostock, the club are now progressing their plans for youth development.

The job advert reads: “An exciting opportunity has arisen at Bolton Wanderers for an academy manager to lead the club’s academy.

“Reporting to the head of football operations, the purpose of the role is to develop and manage the academy’s strategy in line with current English Football League and FA standards.”

Candidates, who need a UEFA A coaching licence, have until Friday, July 31, to apply with interviews taking place the following week.