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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.

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.

Catch the latest episode here >> https://play.acast.com/s/eflandbelowshow/manchesterfootballsocial-eflandbelowshow-buryjoinboltoninbeingonthebrinkofadministration-salfordbackinformandrochdaleappointbrianbarry-murphy

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.

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

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.