A fool’s hope

In writing for Bolton Wanderers News, I’ve tried to remain as optimistic as possible regarding Bolton’s survival hopes. However, after yet more financial uncertainty and another defeat against Swansea on Saturday, that optimism is waning fast.

Following Bolton’s win over Birmingham a fortnight ago, coupled with news of an imminent takeover, hopes were high that Bolton could mount another impossible escape. Could they recreate last season’s last gasp miracle?

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The harsh reality

That was before Wanderers suffered another three defeats on the bounce and the Bolton News reported that the potential takeover deal – that would have offered so much hope for players and fans alike – has stalled.

It’s got to the stage where you have to resign yourself to the realities of relegation once again.

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With a seven point gap now opened up between Bolton and safety, it’s looking more likely that the Trotters will be battling it out in League One again next year.

Bolton have won just two of their last 25 games. On top of that, the side have scored just 22 league goals all season. With form and a goal scoring record like that, they simply cannot hope to stay up.

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The only plus-point you can find from this season is that Wanderers have more points than they did the last time they were relegated to League One in 2016. Other than that, it’s been one of the worst seasons Wanderers fans have ever faced.

Final nail in the coffin?

Wanderers seemed to have found a saving grace in the form of the Parminder Basran-led takeover deal. However, as that looks to have ground to a halt now too, it’s really difficult to see any way Bolton can go forward from here.

At least we won a few more games the last time we were in League One.

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