The Bolton Wanderers fanbase was put into a jubilant mood last night as the news we’ve waited for all summer long finally broke, the Football Ventures consortium were finally confirmed as the club’s new owners.
While the momentous occasion was marked with joyous optimism from large sections of the fanbase, there can be no time for a honeymoon period as the incoming owners have a lot on their plate to get this club up and running properly.
After months in administration, issues at Bolton Wanderers have mounted up considerably but just what needs sorting by the incoming owners?
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Despite the heroics of Bolton’s squad of youngsters in the season’s early matches, it’s clear to see that the team needs an injection of fresh talent.
Wanderers and clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 currently have until September 2 to complete loan signings before the window closes.
Extensive recruitment is needed, and quickly, if Bolton are to escape relegation to League 2 come May.
Hire a manager
Despite questions over his tactics, Phil Parkinson’s dignified manner throughout the horrendous past few months deserves so much recognition.
His decision to quit last week was disappointing but understandable. However, it does leave Wanderers in need of a new gaffer.
While Jimmy Phillips may be taking the team on a temporary basis a full-time manager is required.
Whoever Wanderers go for will have a monumental challenge on their hands to rebuild the club.
A number of fans have already singled out Kevin Nolan as the man they want to take the reigns at the UniBol. Whether the former Bolton midfielder gets his wish in taking on the Wanderers job remains to be seen.
Organise a ‘proper’ kit
Bolton have started the season wearing hastily acquired shelf-bought kits.
Although nice, it would, of course, be far nicer to have our very own bespoke kit once again and that’s something Danish sportswear company Hummel specialise in.
It’s already been revealed that Wanderers have been in discussion with the company over a potential deal to see Wanderers continue in Hummel kits for the coming season, a welcome move for sure as Hummel have been responsible for some stunning kits this year.
Put season tickets on sale
And finally, what’s the point in playing football matches if there’s no one there to watch them.
Something that is hugely overdue is the release of season tickets for the coming campaign and it’s something that must be prioritised by Football Ventures in order to get the expectant fanbase on side quickly.
There may be other issues that spring up in the coming weeks and months for Bolton’s new owners but with the official arrival of Football Ventures, hopefully, this can be the long-awaited turning point Bolton Wanderers needs to secure a bright and prosperous future.