The club are assuring the fans that Chief Executive Allan Duckworth's decision to leave has been in the works for some time and was not a result of the club's relegation to the Championship. Despite that, the move seems extremely out of the blue. Duckworth had been a staple of Bolton Wanderers management as they rose to the Premier League, European competition, and everywhere in between. The now ex-Chief Executive joined Bolton Wanderers and parent company Burnden Leisure in 1998.
The club's statement:
"I have had 14 fantastic years and thoroughly enjoyed my role as CEO.
"Certainly, it has been challenging at times, but it has always been greatly rewarding and I have had the privilege to work with some great teams on and off the pitch.
"Without doubt, there have been many stand-out moments for me, promotion to the Premier League in 2001, a League Cup final, two FA Cup semi-finals and two heated European campaigns, these are just a few of the many significant ones.
"I was also delighted to help bring in a new era of stability and growth working with others including the owner, Eddie Davies.
"However, as the club begins a new chapter in its history, with Owen setting out the foundations of his plan for the long-term, it feels right for a change, for both myself and for the club.
"I would like to wish everyone associated with Bolton Wanderers, staff, players and supporters all the very best as they go forward."
Chairman Phil Gartside said: "Allan and I have worked closely together for 14 years, during what has been a hugely successful time for Wanderers.
"Allan played a very significant and pivotal part in that period, and his contribution cannot be underestimated.
"I value him both as a colleague, and as a friend, and I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for all his efforts during that time on behalf of Bolton Wanderers and wish him well in his new challenges."
Manager Owen Coyle added: "When I returned to the club, it was obvious that Wanderers had a strong management team and I pay tribute to the skills and stability which Allan brought to this club over such a long period. I wish him every success in the future."