With just 16 days until the start of the 2019/20 League One campaign, the wheels are threatening to come flying off Bolton’s season before it’s even begun and it’s hardly surprising to learn that Ken Anderson’s influence is still haunting Bolton Wanderers.
The news broke yesterday evening that Wanderers’ first-team players have gone on strike for the third time in a year, causing the cancellation of the team’s pre-season friendly against Chester.
The reason for their strike, according to the players’ statement released yesterday, is the quite understandable grievance of not being paid for “20 weeks” as well as the desperate lack of communication from the club’s administrators on how the ongoing takeover of Bolton Wanderers by the Football Ventures consortium is progressing.
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With just over two weeks until the start of the new season, this really isn’t the position many Bolton fans thought we’d be in after what appeared to be a speedy process to sell the club promised a bright new future for the club.
However, the deal seems to have stalled thanks to quite a large hurdle, the Bolton Whites Hotel.
As we reported last week, the stumbling block has arisen for Bolton’s prospective new owners because the hotel was placed under the watchful eye of different administrators to the ones overseeing the club’s affairs.
Thanks to non-other than Ken Anderson, the Bolton Whites Hotel is now the biggest stumbling block in the takeover negotiations after he appointed the administrators Quantuma to manage the hotel’s affairs while the club was placed under the care of David Rubin and Partners by Fildraw, the company responsible for the late Eddie Davies’s estate.
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This whole messy situation has supposedly brought about bids for the hotel from former Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi and Laurence Bassini according to the Bolton News, it just seems fitting that even months after he was removed as Bolton’s owner, Ken Anderson has still managed to find a way of haunting the club’s touted takeover.
The reason why the Football Ventures consortium aren’t pressing ahead with a deal for solely the club was revealed in last night’s statement from Bolton’s administrators.
Joint-administrator Paul Appleton stated that: “Football Ventures’ ownership model, one supported by the EFL, is based on a deal for both the club and hotel.”
He continued by saying: “I would encourage all parties involved to act swiftly to ensure the pressing timeframe for completion is met.
“I would implore everybody to drive through this deal and ensure this great football club is restored to its rightful position.”
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According to the hotel administrators, Quantuma, they don’t foresee a deal for the hotel being completed for another four-to-six weeks.
That fact currently threatens to delay the takeover of the club itself as Football Ventures are believed to want to negotiate a deal for both the club and hotel something which the haunting figure of Ken Anderson seemed to realise when he placed different administrators in charge of the hotel.
Hopefully, and we’ve lost track of how many times we’ve said this, this whole sorry mess can be resolved quickly and amicably and we can see brighter times at Bolton once again and oh boy do we need them.