It's the battle of the former Reading managers to be the new man in charge at the Macron Stadium with Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott both being considered to take over from Neil Lennon.
After a long period of financial woe, the Lancashire club were relegated to the third-tier at the end of last season and are looking for a man to rebuild the side and take them back to the Championship.
GetReading report that McDermott was given the call by Bolton chairman Ken Anderson within hours of being dropped by the Royals, and the 55-year-old could be interviewed next week.
Along with Adkins; Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs, new Derby County assistant manager Chris Powell, and ex-Whites coach Phil Brown are among the favourites for the job.
After being sacked from his first position with Reading in 2013, McDermott was back in work just a month later with Leeds United, and with his latest p45 arriving just 161 days into his second spell in Berkshire, he could be back in employment sooner rather than later.