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How Good is Bolton’s Luca Connell Future, With Tottenham & Co Sniffing Around

It’s a really sad state of affairs at Bolton Wanderers this season, the club have been relegated back to League One and the ownership of the club still looms like a dark cloud over the University of Bolton Stadium.

To pour more misery on the Bolton fans, it seems one of their young starlets is grabbing the attention of many a Premier League suitor. Youngster Luca Connell is an Irish midfielder, who is out of contract come to the end of the season and, can leave for nothing more than training fees.

He’s made quite the impression in his 10 outings in the Championship this season for the Trotters. Playing in a defensive role in the midfield is his favoured position, however, he can be moved about a little to left-back or left-wing showing a good deal of versatility.

Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Everton and Wolves have all got Connell firmly in their radars and with good reason too.

The 18-year-old is an up and coming star. He may not be the key signing the fans want for the likes of Spurs, who haven’t signed anyone in the past two transfer windows, but in what will be a very competitive market this window. Investing in the future may not seem the silliest of ideas for Pochettino.

He can certainly flourish at a club like Spurs who do give youth a chance, although a high possibility would be that he is sent back out on loan for a season in the Championship to gain some more game time experience.

Whatever his destination is, Luca Connell is a name that all Bolton fans will be keeping an eye on over the course of the next few seasons. Let’s hope that Bolton’s future can do a 360 and be as bright a future as the Irishman.

Bury join Bolton in being on the brink of administration, Salford back in form and Rochdale appoint Brian Barry-Murphy

This is the EFL and Below Show, your weekly look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester which doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined in the studio by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave, where Bolton and Bury’s financial turmoil is a big talking point.

The lads also chat Salford’s chances of National League promotion and Brian Barry-Murphy’s appointment as new Rochdale manager as they look to stave off relegation.

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The Spirit of ’98 is Long Gone, But Bolton Will Be Hoping For a Great Escape

We’ve seen some tough times at Bolton this past few years, from being relegated in 2012 into the Championship up to the liquidation hanging over their head tomorrow.

I’m not a Bolton Wanderers fan, however, growing up my uncle used to take me to Burden Park on a regular basis, and then the Reebok Stadium as it was known.

I remember being there singing the great escape theme tune back in 1998, when the Trotters smashed five past Crystal Palace to win 5-2 and give a glimmer of hope before being relegated on goal difference. The atmosphere back then was a defiant we’re all in this together – something which is the polar opposite in today’s situation.

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A players strike ahead of a massive day for the club in court shows the discontent within Bolton. Things have soured over the course of this season after promotion at the first time of asking in League One last year.

Ken Anderson’s dealing of the club has been woeful to say the least, and from the outside looking in – It looks like a warzone.

Player power has took over, and rightly so.

Nobody would turn up to work to not be paid at the end of the month. For a football club to be in a that bad a state, that it can not pay it’s staff is a sad state of affairs.

The thing is, this chairman has come and will hopefully, and quickly go. The managers will come and go, same with the players but the fans are their from childhood to the day they die.

The simply cannot switch clubs, they can’t move on – a football club is ingrained in most families, for some it’s their sole focus of their weekend. A football club is not an option and should the worst happen tomorrow – only the fans will feel the true effect of an idiot with no good intention or know how on how to run a business.

AWAY FANS SERIES: A League Cup Semi Final 19 Years Ago Had Jimmy Hooked on The Super Whites Ever Since

As part of our away fans series, we caught up with Jimmy – A Belgian fan, who loves the family feel Bolton brings and has just purchased his first season ticket…

Ian: How long have you been a Bolton fan for?

Jimmy: Since the League Cup semi-final in 2000, so that is about 18-19 years – that semi-final was my first game

Ian: What made you choose Bolton?

Jimmy: I met a Bolton fan who worked in Belgium and he took me to my first game which was enough to get me hooked.

Ian: You said to me before that you’re a season ticket holder. How long for?

Jimmy: Since this season, I felt the time was right to come over more often to watch Bolton

Ian: Do you get to every game?

Jimmy: I try to do as many home games as I can, but it depends on flight prices, sometimes they go to £250-300 while normally it is £30-40

Ian: big fluctuation there! What do you make of this season?

Jimmy:Yep, the main issue is the moment you book your flight.

About this season we started like a rocket and since then it went downhill, we’ve probably not got as much quality as most of the other Championship teams. We’re often are not helped by referee decisions – I still believe we can save ourselves but it will probably be nerve-racking till the last game, then again the buzz you get when you save yourself like we did last year is amazing.

Ian: I bet you’re hoping you don’t have to go through that again though?

Jimmy: Of course, but if it has to happen again I would be confident we can do it again.

Ian: Do you have a supporters club in Belgium?

Jimmy: No up until now I am the only one flying over that much, most Belgian fans go for the likes of United, Liverpool, City and other big names.

I don’t want that as to me they are plastic teams, because of there multi-billion owners nothing real about it. In Bolton, we are still a family club where I always feel very welcome. When players see me they always say ‘Hey Belgian boy how are you, how was your flight?’

Ian: That’s brilliant, yes outside the Premier League you get that kind of interaction, which makes the journey over worth it, especially after a win I bet?

Jimmy: After a win, it is even better but even after a loss players are most kind. Last year after the Forest game I had a jager drinking contest with David Wheater – which I lost.

Since the moment he won player of the year from the fans I often give him Belgian chocolates, which resulted in him giving me his match worn shirt. Such a friendship you can’t have with Premier League players

Ian: That is amazing, what are your thoughts on the suggested takeover?

Jimmy: Well I refuse to believe everything that is written in the press nor do I believe blindly what is written in the notes of the chairman. I have decent contact with a lot of people who, I believe more because then you can see whether they are lying or not.

But to return to the initial question, Ken said he lacks the funds to fully rebuild us, so I hope he does the good thing and sells us. I still believe we have our place in the Premier League. My only fear is that a foreign investor might try to ruin the family feeling that is within the club.

Ian: Jimmy, Thank you for your time mate

Is This The Perfect Time to Play Derby For Bolton?

Bolton fans will be hoping Derby’s midweek cup tie will play into the hands of Phil Parkinson’s team, having not won in the Championship since the end of August.

Bolton have faced a tough few weeks, following a close shave with administration.

Wanderers fans will be hoping not to face a similar season to last year, and after a great start to the 2018/19 campaign, things looked on the up.

After a winless streak of five games throughout September, the rot needs to stop – and this weekends game against Frank Lampard’s Derby could be the perfect match to do so.

However, the Rams will certainly be buoyed up following thier midweek penalty win over Man United in the Carabao Cup. Certainly, playing back to back games with a similar team within four days and then the long penalty shootout, could have a tired effect on the players and the Trotters have to capitalise early on.

Bolton Boss Phil Parkinson will be looking for a big game performance from his team following some less than impressive displays at the Universty of Bolton Stadium in recent times.

Bolton fans do you think you can turnover Derby this weekend?

 

 

 

Bolton Have Beaten Administration & Will Look to End Beaten Streak With This Star Playing…

It’s been quite a start for the Whites so far this season, following a decent start to the campaign –  the bolt of administration has knocked the wind out of their sails, and Phil Parkinson will be looking to get the ship back on course tonight against Middlesborough.

Middlesborough are coming into the game following a defeat to Norwich City at weekend, equally, Bolton hasn’t won in three games.

Parkinson faces a bit an of a problem on the right wing after Sammy Ameobi has been ruled out injured. One of the key players so far this season could be out for up to six weeks, which is not good news for the Bolton fans at all.

Wanderers currently sit mid-table, two points of the early playoff places, something that they will be aiming to get back into the mix following a win tonight.

The major question on the lips of the Bolton fans lips is who is going to replace Ameobi, with a plethora of options at his disposal the Whites man should opt for this player…

FMC’s Choice: Yanic Wildschut

The 26-year-old loanee from Norwich City will be hoping to take full advantage of Ameobi’s time out, in his personal bid to gain regular minutes on the pitch.

Having scored twice in his seven outings so far this season, Wildschut will be aiming to add to his tally and get the Whites a win that will be much needed to further stop the impending rot.

 

Bolton Wanderers are Losing at Football’s Cruel Game of Snakes & Ladders

Bolton Wanderers are a team very much on the edge after Chairman Ken Anderson last night broke the news over the club facing administration, following an offer to repay the loan was rejected.

Bolton have made a solid start to life in the championship this year, following an awful season last time out. There was a sense of momentum building early under Phil Parkinson with one loss out of the first six games has hosted them just outside the early playoff places.

However.

The possible administration looming gives the Whites a huge problem and could put them on a downward spiral, in footballs cruel game of snakes and ladders.

If Bolton does go into administration it means a minimum immediate 12 point deduction of the 11 hard earned points, Parkinson’s men have conjured so far. Alongside a two-year transfer embargo – which could prove disastrous for the future on Bolton.

This is a huge blow for the loyal fans that have certainly been through hell since relegation from the Premier League back in 2012 and know this feeling all too much.

It’s fight or flight time for the Wanderers, and the fans will be hoping to see if the club have learnt from recent struggles. If the players can show more fight on the pitch than behind the scenes, at least this may show a united front.

Bolton fans, what’s your thoughts?