Cast your mind back to the March of the 2010-11 season. Bolton Wanderers were in a brilliant place under then manager Owen Coyle, challenging for the top six and sailing through to the semi-finals of the FA cup. This really was a great time to be a Bolton fan with high profile names blessing our squad we looked set for our highest finish in years. Then things began to turn sour.
On the 19th of March whilst holding Manchester United at 0-0 Stu Holden was injured in a tackle that has haunted his career to this very day. Subsequently Dimitar Berbatov's late winner sealed all 3 points for the home side on the day that Holden left the field and didn't return to action until things were too late.
This was only the beginning of a series of cataclysmic events leading to the demise of our beloved club. Let me refresh your memories of such events; we lose 5-0 in our semi final meeting with Stoke City at Wembley stadium, we go on to lose 5 of our last 6 matches in the league leaving us in 14th place by the end of the season, star striker Daniel Sturridge returns to his parent club Chelsea leaving us without any fire power up front for following season, Chung-Yong Lee is ruled out for 9 months following a pre season leg break, role on next season and our opening 7 fixtures include facing Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, Gary Cahill leaves for Chelsea in the January transfer window, Fabrice Muamba suffers a heat attack at White Hart Lane, Bolton finish 18th and are relegated.
Now lets face it, that must be the worst run of bad luck in the history of the Premier League! And that is the reason why I will never blame Owen Coyle for our relegation because in truth he was a top manager who loved this club as much as we all do. Anyway, then our Championship tale began and left without any of our top players from two years before (except for a very timid Chung Yong Lee) it should have been no surprise that we didn't fair well in our very first season. Pundits said that this was a team that should be winning the league as only 2 seasons ago they we're challenging for a European spot. However as we all know this was a completely different side now.
After all this horrible bad luck and pain that we've had to endure; being tormented by the inexperience of Dougie Freedman and wondering whether we'd ever see our team fight in the Premier League again suddenly from the shadows steps out a manager who has tasted success in Scotland and intends to do the same in England with Bolton Wanderers. Surely after everything we've been through this is it now, time for us to put together a strong squad that work hard for each other and get us back to where we belong. Could our luck be about to change?