Chris Wilder, Alan Stubbs and Phil Brown are on Bolton’s three-man shortlist as they look to bring in a new manager, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.
Bolton are searching for a new manager to succeed Neil Lennon, who left the club in March.
Jimmy Phillips has been in caretaker charge since Lennon’s departure but could not prevent the club from suffering relegation from the Championship.
Bolton, who are under new ownership, are looking to rebuild the club in an attempt to win promotion straight back to the second tier and have narrowed down their managerial hunt to Northampton’s Wilder, Hibernian chief Stubbs and Southend boss Brown.
Wilder is understood to be the club’s top choice after leading Northampton to promotion to League One this season despite a number of financial problems at Sixfields.
Former Bolton defender Stubbs also has admirers inside the Bolton boardroom after impressing at Hibernian, leading them to the final of the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup this term.
Brown has strong links with Bolton having worked as assistant to former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce, and he boasts a wealth of experience having had spells at Derby, Hull, Preston and Southend.