Opinion: Bolton Wanderers – Where Do We Go Now?

Well, where do I start? If you’ve even remotely seen any news on Bolton Wanderers recently, you’ll have no doubt seen the turmoil the club has had thrust upon itself. Takeover talks headed by Cheshire businessman Parminder Basran have been ongoing since December and have hit many snags along the way – the current one is reported as being a discrepancy with the deal after due diligence was done.

But make no mistake, after all the problems in the last six months, it has definitely come to a head. The media restriction banning orders on Bolton News reporter Marc iles and Bolton Wanderers club legend John McGinlay were two of many PR own goals made by commander-in-chief Ken Anderson and after multiple protests it seemed that Anderson had started to resent the club as much as the fans seemingly resented him. This never more prevalent when the playing and coaching staff went unpaid and the players had to club together the money for the coach journey to Swansea last Saturday. Adding to that were the failure to pay everyday working staff with little or no indication that that was going to happen, followed by an email to full-time staff only asking for “continued patience”, without apology.

The training ground on Monday morning was shut and staff were asked not to come in because it lacked food (which staff and players pay for out of their own wages) and no electricity was running at the site.

Jim White (of Sky Sports & Talksport) attempted to call him to ask about the ongoing problems at the club on Monday evening, but Anderson told him that he was watching the Sheffield derby with friends and promptly cut him off.

In a bizarre (which is not uncommon for Anderson) statement released today, Ken went on to revoke the banning orders on both Marc Iles & John McGinlay, but also made this startling admission: “Obviously, I am concerned, disappointed and deeply regret that I had to take the decision to delay paying the staff salaries on time last month” “and apologise unreservedly to all the staff and sincerely thank them for their continued support and patience, but it is difficult to accept putting a further £1m into a club that does not want you there”. He fully admits playing with the lives of everyday working staff because he doesn’t want to pay staff when fans don’t want him there – this is the crux of the man that Bolton fans have had to deal with.

John McGinlay went onto Talksport yesterday and had these words for Ken Anderson: “Hand over the keys, and get out of the club” – I’m sure that sentiment is felt by many a Bolton fan at the moment.

Bolton Council  have given official confirmation that Saturday’s match at home to Millwall can go ahead, given that the council gave BWFC until 1pm today to rectify their safety certificate over concerns with staffing, the police and ambulance services, none of which had been paid up until today. We will wait with baited breath, but we all hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.


David Figgins

Chief Sports Reporter

Bolton Live!

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