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Staff Unpaid, Food Banks Open and Now The Bolton Fans Have Been Punished With a 12 Point Deduction – All That Is Wrong With The EFL

Given the number of clubs who have experienced financial difficulties this season, there is perhaps now room for the EFL to look at the way in which they tackle the problems of their members.

The rule concerning the ‘fit and proper persons test‘ is surely due for an overhaul as it has been shown to be unfit for purpose on numerous occasions. It can investigate legal and financial details, it can check the structure and economic viability but what it cannot ask is: are you a clown?

This puts the game at a great disadvantage because as far as clowns are concerned, there has been an entire circus of them involved in football at various levels.

As some sort of fix for this and to serve as a warning to others, the EFL have imposed a 12 point penalty on Bolton next season for putting the club into administration. The EFL will now ‘commence discussions with the administrators with the aim of achieving a long-term future for the club‘.

Starting a season 12 points adrift of everyone else leaves Bolton fans in a position they have little control of. Whilst concern must be directed at the staff who haven’t been paid and are relying on food banks, the fans must feel hard done by especially if they’ve bought season tickets for the 19/20 season.

It is almost beyond belief that serious thought was given to the interest shown by Laurence Bassini, the clown prince of football owners. His inability to show that he had any funding in place to purchase the club was the reason talks collapsed, and Bolton found themselves back at the High Court.

It would be perhaps a wise move for the EFL to consider giving potential new owners a trial period. In which to prove they had the best interests of the club at heart because, at present, few people have much faith in the ruling body to sort out the mess.

Whilst the lawyers and advisers argue over the millions owed, the bleak outlook for the staff is one of debt and empty food cupboards, and something really needs to change soon to avoid it happening elsewhere.

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.

What’s gone wrong for Rochdale’s Zack Clough?

Zach Clough’s signing on loan from Nottingham Forrest on the 31st of August was seen as some what of a coup for Rochdale at the time. With his signing seen as a massive statement of intent from Dale to kick on after their tense relegation battle last season.

He started off well even scoring on his debut against Bury in a Checkatrade Trophy group game, a game which his obvious talent was there for all to see. However, for whatever reason he just never really kicked on and got a solid run in the team.

Clough seemingly was almost constantly on the treatment table, with small niggling injuries that cost him large parts of the first half of the campaign. Rochdale fans we’re not getting what they thought out of the 2.25m rated man and began to grow frustrated at his lack of playing time. 

There was rumours of a falling out between Keith Hill and Clough over a poor attitude towards training, albeit there were many rumours of such with Keith before his sacking in March. This rumour was surely put to bed by the fact Hill resigned Clough on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day in January, after he had returned back to Forest seemingly under the radar.

Unfortunately, once again he never managed to see the pitch long enough to gain any momentum with injuries seeing him restricted to fleeting appearances on the bench.

The former Bolton Wanderers player managed only 540 minutes of football in the two short loan spells at the club this season. Scoring one and assisting one in the Checkatrade trophy – after oozing class in his first days at Nottingham Forest the future for Clough doesn’t look bright.

He will go down as one of frustrating signings in recent Rochdale history due to his obvious talents never fully utilised.


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.

Retro Football Cushions

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.

Ken Anderson Should Ditch Parkinson For One of These Two Managers to Stop The Current Rot

Bolton Wanderers are having a tough time of it of late, despite being back in the second tier of the English pyramid for the second season on the trot following a brief flirt with League One. 

The current man in charge, and one that is majorly under the cosh – Phil Parkinson. Guided the Trotters back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Since then, transfer embargo’s and administration have hampered his time at the University of Bolton Stadium. With a last day win against Nottingham Forest securing survival, many of the fans would have been hoping to have, at least, a half decent season this year.

However, Bolton have won only once in the previous ten matches. Today Parkinson has come out to fight his corner, but it seems the vultures are starting to circle and many can’t see his reign lasting too much longer.

With the future not looking too rosy, the Football Manc Cave ran a poll – with 79% insisting on new blood being brought into the club immediately. We take a look at TWO managers who could replace Parkinson…

Sam Allardyce

Big Sam managed Bolton through thier best years in the Premier League, having guided the Trotters into Europe.

This may be a little left-field, however, Allardyce has a rich history of taking over a club in turmoil and on tight budgets. In turn, transforming them into stable teams, he even got West Ham United promoted from the Championship back in 2012.

Carlos Carvalhal

The Portuguese man has managed Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City. He led the Owls to two playoffs in his two years in charge – reaching the final in one and semi’s in the other.

His style of play didn’t go unnoticed and a move to Swansea happened.

He boasts a lot of experience in such a short space of time within English football and could be a good shout while he’s still out of work.

The FMC League Round-Up #1

Here’s the FMC’s first round up of the weekend’s football, enjoy…

Man United kept a clean sheet, however, Pogba missed a penalty and Rashford seen red late on but the Red Devils got a much-needed win before the International break.

Man City kept up their impressive start to the season with two cracking goals from Sterling and Walker to beat a tough Newcastle side.

Bolton came from two goals down against Preston to grab a draw. In a crazy three minutes, the Whites knocked in two goals from Ameobi and a thunderbolt from Olkowski to draw even before halftime, but drop to 7th in the Championship.

Wigan climbed to 9th after a 1-0 win over a tough to break down Rotherham. James Vaughan’s prodded home with 15 minutes left to play to finally crack the visitor’s defensive wall, the Latics clung on to the win following a great save late on from GK Walton.

Rochdale held out against a persistent Coventry City to steal a winner. Dale had ridden thier luck with a host of chances for the home side firing wide. Up popped Calvin Andrew within minutes of the second half starting, to see his shot just creep over the line to move Rochdale to 14th and break their winless run.

Oldham grabbed a last minute winner against managerless Crawley Town to see them move into the early play-off places. Nepomuceno opened the scoring in the 8th minute before Crawley equalized, and missed a penalty due to a great save from Iverson. Surridge tapped home from 6 yards with a minute left to play for the three points.

Bury got back to winning ways with a 5-goal thriller at Gigg Lane. Thompson grabbed his first goal for the Shakers, Telford’s brace put the home side 3-1 up. With five minutes of injury to play, Morecambe made things interesting by pulling a goal back, however, the home side held out and sit in mid-table.

Salford City visited the bottom of the league side Dagenham & Redbridge. It turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the Ammies – after they were forced to play over half the match with ten men due to Lloyd’s dismissal just before half-time. Salford came close on many occasion but, will see this as a point gained given the circumstances.

FC United of Manchester came from two goals down in the Sunday afternoon kick-off against high flying Bradford (Park Avenue). A last minute equaliser from Willoughby gave the hosts a much-needed point, however, they drop to bottom of the league and look in need of a boost to kick-start their season.

Ashton went into the game against Telford United without leading scorer Matty Chadwick. The Robins went ahead just before half-time through McAtee’s first goal for the club, but a second-half comeback from Telford see Ashton Utd still looking to add to their one win so far this season.

Highlights Here – http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614356

Curzon Ashton like their rivals are struggling for wins early on in this campaign. A Nuneaton side who hadn’t won previous to the weekend grabbed an 8th-minute goal to claim thier first win of the season.

Stockport County was the only Gr.Manchester side to win in the National League North at the weekend. County took advantage of a sending off for Leamington on the stroke of half-time to pull away from their visitors to win 3-1 and end their four-game search for the three points.


Bolton & Wigan look to get back on track

Both Bolton and Wigan suffered defeats last week and, in the Championship the games come thick and fast to bounce straight back…

Following promotion from League one Wigan have had a solid start to life back in the Championship. However, following defeat to struggling QPR they will look to bounce back before a rot can set in.

Despite dominating possession, the Latics couldn’t turn that into a winning goal. With a trip back to the DW Stadium with fellow mid-table team Rotherham United the opposition, they will look to go one better and take advantage when they are on top.


Bolton suffered their first defeat of the season after a fantastic first four games, however, they still currently sit third in the Championship and will be hoping to get that early season run going again.

A trip to rivals Preston North End, who haven’t won since the first game of the season, is the perfect game for Phil Parkinson’s men to keep up appearances at the top end of the table.

With both teams out of the Carabao Cup, they’ve had a full week to get things right on the training ground, a win for both Latics and the Trotters will keep the momentum going despite the bumps last week.