After yet another dismal display against Birmingham last night, Bolton were left rock bottom of the Championship. BUT, what is the reason behind their abysmal start to the campaign?
At most other clubs, the manager would be coming under fire from all corners of the stadium and would be protests to fire him if they were in the position Bolton find themselves at this moment in time. However, that is not the case for the Whites.
Unlike their previous managers, Lennon has had virtually no money to spend and a skeleton backroom staff, most notably no chief scout, leaving him with a mammoth task of trying to stabilise the club and earn promotion back to the Premier League.
The problem lies with the club Chairman, Phil Gartside, and their Owner, Eddie Davies.
Neil Lennon is not the issue. As many Bolton fans will agree, the current squad is nowhere near good enough to stabilise themselves in the Championship, but when all you can afford is free agents and loans, what do you expect?
In no disrespect to those players, but there is usually a reason why a club does not want to keep them and are willing to release them.
Although many criticise teams who are spending huge amounts of money in this league, realistically, the only way anyone can earn promotion to the Premier League nowadays is by spending money.
This is the main reason why the problem falls with Gartside and Davies. Money.
They have let the Trotters fall into a colossal debt of £183 million, and yet they are both sitting comfortably on huge wages.
How is it possible that a club that was in the top-flight for 11 seasons, including two seasons in Europe and consecutive top-eight finishes, find itself in such a difficult situation?
It was also written in the report of June 2014 that there was concern ‘whether the Company can continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future’.
Furthermore, it has recently come out that Sam Allardyce, their most successful manager, left the club after falling out with the Chairman.
Not supplying him with funds to try and push for Champions League and a dispute at the League Cup final defeat left Big Sam no choice but to leave the club he had put his heart and soul into.
Gartside and Davies should be the ones who take responsibility.
If they truly were supporters of the Whites, surely they would feel desperate to try and do what is best for the club.
However, it is clear to see that Davies has lost interest in the club and is reluctant to put any form of money into the club. Sacking Lennon is not the way forward.
The only way Bolton will get out of this situation is by selling the club, but that is heavily dependant on the performances on the pitch, which at the moment, don’t bode well for the survival of the club in the Championship.