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Bolton Board Have Failed to Make Bolton Fans Care Again

A managerial saga and rumours over our best players leaving were not the way to get the fans on-side

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Nearly three months ago I wrote about the need for the incoming Bolton Wanderers board to make the long-suffering Bolton fans care again. A quarter of a year on, they haven't addressed a single one of these issues, and the fans are still in the dark about what on earth is going on at the football club.

During their time in charge of Wanderers, incoming chairman Ken Anderson and chief executive Dean Holdsworth have:

  • Sacked Neil Lennon
  • Seen the club through the second longest period in its history without a manager (currently at 12 weeks and counting)
  • Released two of our young prospects in Oscar Threlkeld and Niall Maher, both of whom actually looked like they cared about and wanted to play for the club
  • Failed to move on players that are actually on high wages, and fans don't want at the club - I'm looking at Darren Pratley, Liam Trotter and Mark Davies here
  • Failed to make a public statement on the managerial appointment since 12th April
  • Apparently spoken to managers that already have jobs, despite us havi
  • Not given fans any update on the ongoing transfer embargo
  • Instead, the club has fed fans absolute drivel about the bloody 'Legends' match for weeks and weeks and weeks
  • Seemingly, gone on holiday or something

In summary, the new board have failed to get the fans on board and, if anything, they've only succeeded in further alienating and frustrating us.

With less than two months until the start of the new season (which kicks off on 6th August), Bolton have just 17 first-team players on the books - including Filip Twardzik, who seems to be Prague-bound, and Max Clayton, who spends all his time injured.

There also remain questions over the futures of our best two players, Rob Holding and Zach Clough - the latter of which, it's been rumoured this morning, is apparently available for just £2 million. Worth a gamble for any recently relegated Premier League side, you'd wager.

If we were to lose Holding and Clough, we'd be left with just one goalkeeper in Ben Amos, only Dorian Dervite and Derik Osede who can play at centre-back, one right-back who was loaned to League One last season in Lawrie Wilson, and Gary Madine as our only striker. Not a pretty sight.

And just to top all of that off, the club's transfer embargo still hasn't been lifted and there remain serious questions about the financial stability of the club.

Wanderers remain in the biggest mess that I can remember. The apathetic performances on the pitch last season have only been usurped in the frustration stakes by the nonsense off the pitch - and it's

This summer has been an absolute shambles so far, and any thoughts of a decent season in League One are absolutely misguided - we'll be lucky to stay up at this rate.

Frankly, I'm fed up with the club, the lack of information and the constant stream of frustrating, negative news.

What do you think about the state the club finds itself in and the lack of noise from the board? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below.