It’s been quite a few days for Bolton Wanderers. Just over a week ago, it looked as though the club could be expelled from the English Football League.
A few days later, the club are under new ownership, have a new coaching team and have brought in several new players.
With the club on the brink of expulsion, it was finally confirmed that the Football Ventures consortium had completed their takeover of the club. It brought an to the uncertainty that had been hanging over the club for several weeks.
After a disastrous few months, both on and off the field, the club can finally start to move forward again. It’s definitely the start of a new era at Bolton, but it’s still going to be a very challenging season for the club.
After taking charge at the weekend, Hill now faces the unenviable task of rebuilding the playing squad and building a team capable of achieving the impossible – avoiding relegation from League One this season.
League One is an extremely competitive division, where the games come thick and fast. It’s going to be very difficult for Bolton to achieve survival with such a thin squad – especially now they are already 15 points from safety.
Even though the transfer window is now over, Hill can still strengthen his squad slightly be signing free agent players.
However, due to continuing transfer restrictions from the EFL, the club is limited to 23 professional contracts. After signing nine players yesterday, Hill has three spaces in his squad available.
Hill is a good manager and he’s got plenty of experience at this level. He – and assistant manager David Flitcroft – should be able to get the best out of the players currently at the club.
However, with that said, it’s going to be very difficult to get the new signings to gel together at such short notice.
Hill admitted that he would be foolish to play any of the new signings against Bradford City tonight and he is absolutely right.
He needs time to work with the players on the training pitch, to get to know the them and to understand how he can get the best out of the them. This will allow him to determine his best team, as well as his formation and tactics.
All of the players who arrived at Bolton will know the situation at the club. They will know it’s going to be an extremely difficult season and they wouldn’t have signed unless they were prepared for a relegation battle.
It’s going to be very hard for Bolton to avoid relegation this season, but the club can finally start to move forward again. A lot of people have already written them off, so perhaps the team can use this as added motivation.
If they can somehow pull it off, there’s no doubt that it would be an incredible achievement.