There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for what has been a truly dreadful season for all concerned with Bolton Wanderers, both on and off the pitch.
There have been protests, there have been financial issues, there has even been a potential threat of points deduction, but a game of football is won on the grass, and there hasn’t been much joy on that either.
30 league games into the campaign, and Phil Parkinson’s men currently sit 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship table, three points adrift of safety after winning just one of their last 20 league outings – things need to change, and fast.
Latest reports suggest that the Lancashire club could be set to change in terms of both ownership and management. A sports agency who are reportedly preparing a £25million takeover bid to buy the club from Ken Anderson, and are set to bring along former Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton with them as the club’s new manager.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why Bolton fans should be getting exciting about this emerging news…
The club is currently in a toxic state
Right now, fans would argue that the club has never been in a worse state.
There have been huge protests from fans venting their anger out on Ken Anderson, after the latter failed to control the club’s finances which ultimately led to the termination of the Christian Doidge deal and so forth.
A change is needed in ownership, and Bolton fans look to be getting what they want.
Warburton has been successful at this level before
Of course, Bolton are not competing for a promotion spot right now, but if they did avoid the drop this season, then Warburton would be the perfect man to improve them on the pitch.
Unlike Phil Parkinson, Warburton is an expert at doing well at this level. He worked wonders with Brentford when he guided them to an unlikely play-off spot in 2014/15, just one year after becoming a manager and taking them up from League One.
He was somewhat harshly sacked as Nottingham Forest manager after blending in younger players, and implementing an attractive brand of football at the City Ground, and he’d be the perfect man for the Trotters.
There would be unity between the manager and owners
It’s evident that there is simply no relationship between Ken Anderson and Phil Parkinson right now – they seem so disjointed after so many things going wrong this season.
But if reports are to believed and the ownership are keen to bring in Warburton, they are generating a close affinity and relationship with the 56-year old straight away.
This can only be beneficial for the Lancashire club.