Come the end of Tuesday night and start of Wednesday morning, it may have seemed that Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Bolton had simply brought the Lancashire side back down to earth following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Millwall, and for most clubs that would probably have been the case.
Right now however, Bolton aren’t anywhere close to anything like most clubs.
That defeat to Wednesday left Wanderers five points from Championship safety with just nine games remaining, but if Bolton’s position in the league seems precarious, it’s nothing compared to their position off it. Bolton’s financial troubles over recent years have been well publicised, with things coming to a height in recent weeks as the club slowly but surely move towards a long awaited takeover to replace the Anderson regime at the helm of the club.
With the Millwall game going close to being called off over unpaid bills for policing, and the club’s players only receiving their February wages in the hours leading up to Tuesday night’s meeting with Sheffield Wednesday, the idea of simply getting a football match on at University of Bolton Stadium just seems to be an achievement for the club right now.
The hope is that once the takeover of the club is completed, these issues will start to disappear from the club, and its long suffering fans will be able to focus on events on the pitch once more.
Sadly for those fans, as mentioned before, those issues on the pitch don’t provide a much more positive outlook for The Trotters, but that may not altogether be a bad thing.
When the new owners, whoever they may be, take over the club, they will have the unenviable task of rebuilding the club while winning the over the club fanbase.
Were Bolton to suffer relegation to League One, that would give the owners the opportunity to oversee a more stable season without the threat of a relegation battle, and if there’s one club that needs that, Bolton are it.