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Joey Barton blasts the EFL over plight of Bolton Wanderers & Bury

The outspoken manager has had his say

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Follwing last night’s 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton blasted the EFL & the plight of Bolton Wanderers and Bury.

Here are a couple of quotes from the Blackpool Gazette:

”In my opinion, Bolton are trying to buy time to get a takeover so that they can register all the players that are training with them. Then they will be more competitive.

”That is not Doncaster’s fault. It’s Bolton’s fault - they have mismanaged their finances.

”It is not the fans’ fault but they are the ones who are going to suffer.

”But what are we meant to do? I get that Bolton have to protect the young players, but if we had five players out and we said, ‘Look, the lads aren’t ready to go. They are tired’, we’d just get laughed out of the EFL.

”The EFL are meant to have fans’ interests and clubs at heart but it is killing the game.

”My uncle Tony Kelly played for Bolton and I made my Premier League debut there when they had the likes of Jay Jay Okocha. To see what has happened there is a farce.

”It is making our league a farce. Someone needs to say something about it. It’s always me, I suppose, but it got to me.

”Donny will be absolutely frustrated. Tranmere got five (against Bolton). What are they going to do? Wipe the record when someone takes over? It is wrong.

”Tranmere are struggling but that could be the difference between someone staying up or going down. It could send a team into the division below. I just hope it does not happen.

”If Bury and Bolton have spent too much money, who is policing that?

”I’m told every time I sign a player that there is a salary cap. I can’t do that or this because our CEO and chairman are proper.

”Teams should not be in our league, it should not happen. There should be safeguarding in place.

”Bolton are probably going to go into the division below and Bury will probably go out of business. That is a travesty ... in the modern era, with the money that is in the game.

”For fans who have supported their clubs for decades not to be able to watch football on a Saturday is a disgrace. The EFL have to be accountable.

”I’m not having a go at Bolton. I’m having a go at what they have allowed our league to become.”

You can read his full rant by clicking here.