Regardless of the goings on at high court today, one thing almost all Bolton fans will surely be able to agree on is the need for a total rebuild of the football club.
From top to bottom, Bolton Wanderers has become an inefficient mess that’s losing money and hand over fist.
If the club can survive through these next few weeks and months, whoever the owners are by the end of the season need to completely revamp the club.
It’s hugely unlikely that Bolton will end up with oil-rich billionaires, like Man City’s owners, buying the club. Therefore, even with new backing, Bolton still won’t have the same spending power as other clubs at this level.
However, what Bolton Wanderers really need is a totally new mentality.
For the past few years under Phil Parkinson, Bolton have relied heavily on signing players on loan or on short contracts. The main issue with the current transfer policy however, is the temporary nature of the deals. There’s no long-term planning going into the running of this team.
So just how should Bolton Wanderers rebuild itself?
What the club should be looking to do, is giving most of its focus to the youth academy and the prospective talents coming through there.
Just think about it, youth players require very little in the way of transfer fees and wages. That’s something we all know Wanderers have struggled to afford this season. And providing the players turn out successful, they can only really generate profit.
Just take a look at the likes of Leeds this year or Southampton’s rise to the Premier League. Their squads aren’t full of 30+ year-old players looking to take home one last pay cheque before retirement.
Their squads are built around the young talents at the club and supplemented with experienced players where needed, not the other way around.
That’s the sort of model Bolton should look to rebuild themselves around. Not only has it proven successful, but it’s almost certainly much more sustainable for the club going forward.