The resurrection of Bolton Wanderers continued yesterday with a raft of new signings coming in to help boost their survival chances in League One.
The Trotters are currently 23rd in the League One table, bottom and adrift by 11 points. They’ve suffered a 12 point deduction and worse is likely to come after cancelling two fixtures, one last season and one this season.
Their takeover by Football Ventures was finally completed after being given a deadline by the EFL, allowing them to sign players and appoint a manager, Keith Hill.
He moved quickly yesterday to add nine experienced faces to his youthful side, with Thibaud Verlinden, Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley, Jake Wright, Ali Crawford, Chris O’Grady, Josh Emmanuel, Joe Bunney and Daryl Murphy all moving to the University of Bolton Stadium.
Whilst it’s surely good news for the Trotters, who will now be hoping to at least make their matches competitive, not everyone is happy at the amount of business they’ve conducted. Having had their youth team beaten 5-0 by Tranmere, Ipswich and Gillingham, some fans feel those clubs have been given an unfair advantage going into the season.
Here’s a selection of reaction from social media this morning.
Question is How you’ve only just come out of administration and you’ve signed 9 players of a decent standard for that league? Unbelievable Jeff all the best for the season from a #swfc fan 🦉
— Dave Holden (@daveholden1979) September 2, 2019
I dont begrudge these guys doing whatever it takes to consolidate this season, after what they've been through…. good luck Bolton, I just wish Bury FC were afforded the opportunity to continue too…. #swfc
— 🤯🦉Big D!🦉🤯 (@TheDazzler43) September 3, 2019
Same again tomorrow with the free agents please 👍
— Matt Lawton (@LeytherMatt) September 2, 2019
Hope some of the younger players who worked so hard during the last couple of months will still be played and given the chance to progress and develop in the first team. Excited for the season ahead.
— HMRH (@HelenMH72) September 2, 2019
Don't understand the sympathy for Bolton like Bury got, Bolton over spent, the gamble didn't pay off and should be looking at relegation to League 2 👋
— Lee Dolby II (@MillwallDolbs2) September 2, 2019
Joke. Pay those players amd staff who stood with you before splashing put wonga money on decent players. Absolute joke of a club.
— Simmo (@Alfiebiggs) September 2, 2019
Totally unfair that other teams have been able to play the youth team and pick up a five nil win, whilst the rest of us will have to play a stronger experienced side…
— Joff… (@JMTWriter) September 2, 2019