After things had started to look a little brighter for Bolton following news that Laurence Bassini would replace Ken Anderson as the club’s owner, it’s all gone pear-shaped for Wanderers once again as another shambles envelops the club.
To best sum up the state of the club right now, I think the poor state of this Bolton mug of mine is an accurate representation of the condition the club finds itself in.
Bolton v Brentford
In unprecedented fashion, the club’s players went on strike last week. The players are refusing to play until they’re paid wages that are over a month late at this point. This led to the penultimate game of the season, against Brentford, to be postponed on Friday night as Bolton were unable to scramble a team together.
There is no confirmation about when or if the Brentford game will take place. However, Laurence Bassini is reportedly determined to get the Brentford match played this week, according to the BBC.
Bolton are obligated by the EFL to fulfil their remaining fixtures. It is believed that the club are under pressure to complete their final two fixtures even if it means fielding a squad of youth players.
We’ll have to wait and see what develops on this front as the week progresses.
Pawel Olkowski hands in notice
In the meantime, Wanderers’ Polish full-back, Pavel Olkowski, has handed in his notice after growing increasingly frustrated with the situation at Bolton, according to the Bolton News.
The news means Olkowski is the first player to signal his intentions to leave after what has been a torrid year in the history of the club. There will no doubt be more players to follow the Pole out of the door.
The issues surrounding the players’ pay are still stemming from the ownership of the club.
Despite agreeing a deal to buy the club from Ken Anderson, Laurence Bassini is still technically not the Bolton owner yet. The former Watford chairman’s bid to take over the club is still subject to approval from the EFL. We still don’t know what Ken Anderson’s next move will be either.
Despite not having a game on Saturday, there was still plenty of drama at Bolton Wanderers over the weekend. The club itself and supposedly outgoing chairman, Ken Anderson, both released statements on Saturday.
Both appeared to blame Bassini for not providing the money for the club’s wage bill.
However, until the takeover has officially been completed and ratified by the EFL, is it not Ken Anderson’s responsibility to pay his staff?
Both parties, Anderson and Bassini, are surely capable of throwing their toys out of the pram but this doesn’t help the club, its players or its staff, does it?
The sooner this mess gets sorted out, the better.
Can the club survive?
At this point, who knows?
Bolton Wanderers are due back in High Court for several winding up orders on May 8. You can’t help but feel that the issues surrounding the club’s finances still won’t be sorted by then.
This whole farce looks set to go right down to the wire as things stand.
I think the biggest question that remains is whether Bolton will be starting life in League One 12 points down on the rest of the field when the new season gets going.
On the plus-side
While Bolton’s Championship side are on the verge of complete collapse, Wanderers’ women’s team have given us all something to smile about.
Bolton’s Nicola Worthington scored this absolute beauty in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley.
— Nicola worthington (@NicWorth93) April 28, 2019
Worthington’s superb strike is almost certainly the best goal scored by a Bolton player this season.