Bolton chairman Ken Anderson is set to address the players this Tuesday afternoon and ask them if they want to be part of the club’s League One campaign next season, the Daily Mail reports.
The news may be welcomed by Bolton fans as it signals the intentions of Anderson and co-owner Dean Holdsworth of building a squad that can win promotion back to the second tier next season.
Anderson has warned that a number of players will be departing the club, especially higher earners such as Jay Spearing, Mark Davies and David Wheater, the latter of those contract expires this summer.
Spearing is involved in a contractual dispute with the club due to a clause in his contract that means an £100,000 payment must be made to selling club Liverpool if he makes another appearance for Bolton this season – manager Jimmy Phillips has already confirmed that Spearing will not play for the club again this season.
Of the meeting, Anderson said: “My first thing today is asking the players – who wants to be here and work with us next season?”
“The biggest thing to manage is the players with the biggest salaries and whether we can find clubs who want to take them.”
“If a player doesn’t want to be here, we don’t want them to be here. We’d rather they move on. What we won’t be doing, if we can’t control it, is pay players large amounts of money to leave – a compromise agreement.”
“If I pay all the players off that want to go we won’t have sufficient funds to bring in the players I want to bring in.”
The Trotters face an incredibly tough fixture against Aitor Karanka’s high-flying Middlesbrough at the Macron Stadium on Saturday, with the visitors no doubt seeing the match as a must win.
What do you make of this news Bolton fans? Are there any players you would be happy to see leave the Macron? Do you believe you can mount a serious promotion challenge next season? Post your thoughts and opinions below!