Phil Gartside believes that the youth at Bolton are set for successful careers, particularly with the influence of Academy boss Jimmy Phillips.

“The kids are trying to play the same way as the first team for the first time in a long time,” Gartside said.

“At one point, we had two philosophies in the two teams and they were playing different styles.




“If you need a 6ft 4in centre half in your first team, there's no point playing a 4ft 6ins tall centre half in the reserves."

Phillips and Owen Coyle were very important to the youth’s development, Gartside said.

“Jimmy has done a good job and now he's got his own team behind him.

“It has taken a while because there was a spell of transition, getting the whole academy into the shape he wants it.

“With Owen's philosophy and positive attitude, it's bled down to the academy. If they can see a 17-year-old coming in from Arsenal who has never played a first team game for them like Jack Wilshere did when he was on loan here, those players suddenly think there's a big chance to do the same.

“Owen is interested in the youth and he'll go and watch them. He encourages them at the training ground.

"That attitude isn't just about the first team, it's about the development squad too.”

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