It’s official Trotters fans, Bolton Wanderers has officially been taken over, with the club’s website confirming the deal this afternoon. After weeks of speculation and failed takeover attempts by various parties, the club finally has itself new owner, Laurence Bassini.
Exact details about the deal itself, which is still subject to EFL ratification, have been kept under wraps by both Anderson and Bassini. Although Anderson has stated that he has taken less money for his 94.5% stake in Bolton Wanderers than he originally paid.
In the club’s statement, they confirmed that all outstanding wages and other debts will be paid up by the new owner.
Ken Anderson, now formerly Bolton’s owner and chairman, said farewell to the club in typically unceremonious fashion. Anderson posted one of his often inflammatory columns on the club’s website earlier today.
In a recent interview with talkSPORT, Wanderers’ new owner, Laurence Bassini, claimed under his ownership, Wanderers could be fighting for a return to the Premier League in three years.
Whether that comes to fruition or not remains to be seen.
There has been a lot of scepticism surrounding Bassini’s long-touted purchase of Bolton Wanderers from the get-go.
The former Watford chairman, who has been twice bankrupt, was banned from owning a football club for three years for financial misconduct while he was the owner of Watford.
Bassini has since been cleared to return to football.
Wanderers fans will surely be hoping that this new era can bring about more stability after the club has spent the last few months flirting with the possibility of administration, or worse.