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‘Fair play to you! You can’t overuse young players & the EFL want to hang their heads in shame’ Bolton Wanderers fans react to postponement

The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to Bolton Wanderers next game against Doncaster being suspended.

Last week saw concerns grow over the young Bolton squad. Phil Parkinson raised his concerns about the fitness and well being of the teenagers. He made a good point that these players weren’t used to playing three games in seven days and even a full 90 minutes.

The take over that was supposedly taking shape after Laurence Bassini took the club to court, has now been put on hold yet again due to issues with the hotel that is built into the stadium. All of this has now come to blows yesterday as Paul Appleton released a statement to confirm that the game against Doncaster would not go ahead.

Appleton explained how the medical staff and the management team suggested that the player’s welfare must come first. The statement suggested that this would be a ‘break’ for the youngsters. Here are your views…

Two things Charlton Athletic will be getting from ex-Bolton Wanderers man

Bolton Wanderers confirmed the departure of another player yesterday, Erhun Otzumer. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things he will bring to his new club, Charlton Athletic.

With all the financial problems behind the scenes at Bolton, a lot of players have walked over the summer and Otzumer has finally decided enough is enough. He hardly got any playing time Under Phil Parkinson despite being more of an exciting prospect than most.

Charlton has now made a statement to confirm they have signed the midfielder. The 28-year-old has gone on a free transfer on a two-year deal. He nearly went to Charlton back in January and now that he feels his time at Bolton is ready to be up, he has put pen to paper. Otzumer also will feel like he’s back at home after spending time with Charlton’s youth and academy ranks when he was younger.

Here are two things he will bring to Charlton…


A lot of Bolton fans have been reacting to the news of his departure talking about how he didn’t get the chance to shine at the Trotters. Phil Parkinson’s style of play is very boring in a lot of Bolton fans opinions and this is probably why the midfielder never got a chance. He’s great on the ball and creative with his style of play. Not only will he go for goal but he will create chances for others too.


With everything going on at Bolton, a lot of the senior players have been striking and a lot of the youngsters have had to step up. This has put Otzumer in a tricky place as he wanted the Wanderers to solve their issues so that he could stay and play football with them.

However, it’s finally time he thought of himself and moved on. This will now see him getting to actually play football, try and show the management that he’s determined and motivated. He’s back playing in the Championship so he will want to prove that he’s worth taking a chance on, now that he’s with a club that isn’t worrying about money.

‘Won’t be missed. Jog on’ Bolton Wanderers fans react to departed midfielder

Erhun Otzumer has become the most recent Bolton Wanderers player to leave the club and The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

A few months ago, I had Otzumer down as one to watch for the Wanderers. I also wrote that it’d be hard to keep hold of him as other clubs will have their eye on him. On Thursday, Bolton Wanderers announced that he has left the club and they wanted to wish him all the best.

The creative midfielder hasn’t been given enough of a chance with the Trotters and fans think he deserved an opportunity. This departure comes after players have gone unpaid for months and the complications with the take over of the club.

Here are fans reactions…

‘I’m one of his biggest critics but today I have backed down’ Bolton Wanderers fans unite after statement

The Football Manc Cave has been reporting on the problems behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers all summer, and one person who has remained quite quiet on the topic has been the manager… until this week.

Parkinson gave this interview this week with the BBC…

In the statement, he pleaded that someone, anyone for that matter takes over the club and saves them. He also begged Laurence Bassini to leave the club alone and let the take over happen.

As a Bolton fan myself, I’ve backed him throughout this tough time. Don’t get me wrong, his style of play is boring and some fans think he should have gone a long time ago. However, I think he’s done a brilliant job in such a difficult time to keep the young players going. We also shouldn’t complain about the style of play, neighbours Bury hasn’t even got the chance to play a game this season, at least we have. I’ve just been waiting for him to make some sort of statement and tell us how he truly feels and I’m glad he’s done that.

Here are Bolton fans reactions to Phil Parkinson’s interview…

‘Shambles. Absolute shambles’ Bolton Wanderers fans react!

More confusion and frustration has come for Bolton Wanderers fans as their ticket prices have been released for their first home game of the season.

However, the tickets haven’t actually been released yet, and the prices and information on buying the tickets are making Bolton fans question their club.

Bolton will play Coventry City at home this weekend, ticket prices were finally released for the game at adults from £24, £18 for over 65’s and Under 23’s and Under 18’s from £12. Fans were shocked at the prices but more shocked by the fact that the club has stated there will be no on the day purchasing of tickets. Fans will only be able to purchase them online or at the club shop before the game goes ahead.

This is bizarre as the club is in need of all the money they can get. When they managed to sell out their support capacity away at Wycombe at the weekend, you’d think they’d make it as easy as possible for fans to go and support. It was also announced that there was a suspension on the ticket sales which were supposed to go on sale at 9 am yesterday.

Here are your reactions…

These two youngsters who should start for Bolton Wanderers today against Wycombe

Bolton Wanderers have been in the headlines all summer as they still are yet to complete their takeover.

This week, it has been reported that Football Ventures, who has been involved in the club all summer, have got even closer to completing the take over of the club. However, as a Bolton fan, I’ll believe this when I see it because we’ve been filled with empty promises and so have the players. The EFL has also given their statement this week to say that Bolton’s first game against Wycombe Wanderers will go ahead.

Even though the club has been able to convince the EFL that we are ready to face the first game of the season, it’s clear that we now have problems on the pitch as a result of our problems off the pitch. We only have youngsters to play as our senior players went on strike seeing as they hadn’t received any wages for five months. David Wheater has also taken the matter into his own hands as he has left the club and signed for Oldham.

Seeings as we will be putting out a very young squad for the foreseeable, here’s two of them that should be started on Saturday…

Dennis Politic

One talent that we seem to have held onto despite his interest from other clubs. He captained the club in their only friendly that saw them lose to York. However, he must and definitely will start on Saturday if nothing else goes wrong with our troubled club. He helped Salford get promotion last year as he delivered some good football on his loan spell there. It was at that time that he gained attention from other clubs.

Although he probably will leave us as he continues to bring in the interest of other clubs, for his time with us this season, hey will be a key player.

Myles Edmondson

He’s part of the Under 18’s that have had to step up earlier than planned for the Wanderers. The defender put on a good display of football against York and put up a fight. I don’t see us creating any goals or having much of a chance in the league so we need all the defence we can get.

Once the senior players that decided to remain with the club had been revealed earlier in the summer, we had no defenders. Now we might not even have any of those senior squad members in the team this weekend but again, like all of the summer, a lack of communication between the club and the fans, players and manager has left everyone wondering what the truth is yet again.

‘I can’t believe these players have stuck around this long’ What type of team will Bolton Wanderers field

Despite the EFL stating that they will allow Bolton Wanderers’s first game of the season to go ahead as planned, there won’t be any senior members in the squad according to SBNation.

Bolton fans, players, staff and everyone involved in the club are clearly going through a rough stage in the clubs career. It was reported how the players refused to play any of their friendlies, as they still haven’t been paid and are not willing to put themselves up for injury.

Recent news coming out of the club suggests that the players are still refusing to train ahead of the start of the season. Even though the game is going ahead, the players have been told that the wages they are owed will only be paid to them in stages.


This has obviously sparked outrage with the remaining Bolton players as they haven’t been paid in five months. As a Bolton fan myself, I can’t believe these players have stuck around this long. It’s absolutely diabolical that they’ve had to wait this long for some sort of reassurance. Furthermore, now they are being told that the money they should have received all those months ago will only be paid to them in instalments.

The rumoured agreement that has been offered to current and ex-players, is that they will be paid twenty percent upfront and the remaining balances to be paid over two years. Can you imagine doing any job and being told that you’ll have to go unpaid for months, and then only get it back a bit at a time over the course of two years? It’s just unbelievable.

This now explains why no news has come out of the take over plans over the last few weeks. Players are rejecting the offer and as a result, this will see the team go without any of the remaining seniors on Saturday when they face Wycombe.

One other piece of information that has come to light from SBNation is that chief scout, Tim Breaker has obviously also gone unpaid. This has meant that Bolton has had no scouting presence in the wider footballing world since the financial issues started. So even if the club had have sorted their take over, there would have been no one to even suggest new players.

This leaves Saturday’s game in the hands of our youth. I feel extremely sorry for every one of the players, senior and youngsters and for Phil Parkinson. Good luck to the kids this weekend.

Gossip begins to heighten amidst takeover rumours for Bolton Wanderers

Alan Nixon has tweeted a Bolton Wanderers takeover rumour that The Football Manc Cave has a little more news on.

Nixon has revealed how Terry Robinson, an experienced English football chairman and director. Is a name on the agenda for possibly being the director of Bolton Wanderers if Football Ventures can complete the takeover deal.

Terry Robinson has been involved in a few clubs including Bury where he was chairman for twenty years. He’s also been involved in Sheffield Utd, Stoke City and Leicester City. Bolton fans may recognise his name from when he was involved in the club a couple of years back. Robinson left us in 2016 but apparently could be making a return.

A source says…

A source close to us has stated how this may be just gossip. Apparently, Robinson has had some conversations with people about Bolton although absolutely no offer has been made. The conversations he’s had were more him giving advice rather than him being asked to re-join the club. He has no idea where the rumours have come from.

I wish I could write this article and just give you my opinion on this rumour and that be it. Unfortunately, the word, ‘if’ in Alan Nixon’s original tweet has taken centre stage for me. This is because Bolton fans are sick of hearing the word ‘if’ when around three weeks ago Football Ventures were supposed to be completing the takeover.

Now we’ve got players refusing to play over still not being paid, no friendlies going ahead and absolutely no news of what’s going on. It’s about time we stopped hearing ‘if’s and but’s’ and more ‘what’s, when’s, where’s.’

It’s such a sad and disappointing time to be a Bolton fan. We are all dreading the start of this coming season because everyone thought that our club would be financially stable by now. Or at least, have the take over completed so we could work on our squad. Instead, the first game of the season is upon us and we barely have a squad.

‘And Newcastle Utd fans constantly complain about their owner. Don’t know they’re born’ Bolton Wanderers fans react to players recent statement

It’s not a good time to be a Bolton Wanderers fan with the players revealing that they still haven’t been paid. 

Not only this, the players have called off their next friendly against Chester City as a result of the financial issues at the club. I have written a lot about the club I support over the past few days. I have stated how I am fully behind the player’s decision to refuse to play. I’ve raised my concerns as there are only 16 days till the start of the season and we haven’t got a full squad. We still don’t have a deal with new owners and players and management are getting increasingly frustrated. 

Today I think it’s about time the Football Manc Cave looked at more Bolton fans opinions to see how they add up. It’s safe to say that emotions are running high not just from fans but players too, and I really do feel for Phil Parkinson and the squad.

A general reaction from fans in response to the most recent statement is that it sounds too much like the previous owner, Ken Anderson and that is a direction that no one wants the club to be returning to. Hopefully, some sort of plan will be put into action in the next few days or should I say, a miracle. Until then, here are your thoughts… 

‘It’s great to see Bolton Wanderers in transfer talks with ex-Blackburn Rovers striker, we just want the takeover to happen’

According to Bolton Wanderers News, the club has missed out on signing because of the ongoing take over issues.

Apparently, ex Blackburn Rovers and Celtic man, Anthony Stokes, was linked with a move to the Whites, until the slow takeover took its toll and had an impact on the 30-year-old striker’s decision. There’s not a lot of information on the actual rumour of him supposedly being in talks with the club, however, fans learning of this news are getting increasingly frustrated.

Stokes has now joined the Turkish side, Adana Demirspor. As I’ve said since the start of this transfer window, I would’ve been surprised at any player wanting to stay a club that wasn’t paying them, so I’m not surprised that a player would want to make a move to that same club.

Transfer talk

Although it’s nice to see Bolton being linked with transfer talk again and being ambitious, I think it’s safe to say that everyone is awaiting this take over to be completed so that the club can welcome new players. While free agents might be the most sensible option when the deal has been signed and sealed, the club seriously needs to start getting their squad sorted out.

When you look at the remaining senior squad members, you’ll see there are only around 13 players on the books. Only a handful of these, however, are senior members, the remainder is youth team scholarships who don’t have much if any, league or senior squad experience.

If the club wants to stand a chance at League One football, they need to make the most out of the remaining days of the summer. If the take over happens too late and it doesn’t give Phil Parkinson long enough to try and negotiate a few deals, even the signing of any free agents, then the club needs to seriously develop their youngsters and prepare them for what’s to come.

I feel massively sorry for the fans, and I am a Bolton fan myself. I feel for the club as a whole and I’m even starting to feel for Phil Parkinson before the season has even started. Some might disagree but I know that Parkinson will get the blame for everything that goes wrong on the pitch now. You have to put yourself in his shoes and think that all the financial problems and the take over should have been sorted by now. There’s such little time left to the start of the season and I bet he’s getting just as frustrated as the fans.

I really hope the youth can come through and show the energy that’s needed in League One. Otherwise, we are in serious trouble.

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