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‘It was relentless’ – Former Bolton man issues insight into off-the-field troubles last season

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It’s safe to say that Bolton are starting to see light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel in League One this season. 

The Trotters have almost moved into positive points, after they were hit with a 12 point deduction after going into administration last term, in which they were almost faced with possible liquidation.

A number of players left the club during the summer, but the club has since been taken over and are starting to improve as weeks progress under Keith Hill’s guidance.

In an interview with 888 Sport, former Bolton midfielder Gary O’Neil issued an insight into the difficult circumstances that he and his team-mates had to deal with last season.

“It was just relentless. You got sick of it in the end. You’d arrive at training and get told there was going to be a meeting and this was three times a week, trying to discover what was going on and whether we would get paid.”

O’Neil made 29 appearances for Bolton, but is now a free agent after departing during the summer, and will be hoping to find regular minutes for a new team at the earliest of opportunities.

The experienced midfielder praised Bolton’s supporters in the difficult circumstances, and stated that he was grateful that they didn’t turn out like Bury.

“Obviously some of the players still wanted to show what they could do but others were just so sick of it. The fans did well to stick with us and they went through it too.

“They weren’t sure if their club was going to make it and you look at Bury up the road and you’re grateful that it turned out like it did.”

Bolton are next in action when they take on MK Dons on Saturday, in a game where they’ll certainly fancy their chances of picking up a win to see them close the gap on Southend United in the League One table.

The Verdict: 

It’s a fascinating insight into life at Bolton whilst they were at rock-bottom.

The Bolton players will have been concerned for their futures at the time, and it was an extraordinary day-to-day running of the club when finances were tight.

O’Neil will be hoping that he can find a new club as soon as possible, and I certainly feel as though he could still do a job in the Championship on a rotational basis.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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