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Bolton face Liquidation as takeover deal falls through

Bolton Wanderers are facing going into liquidation by Wednesday following their latest takeover deal collapsed on Saturday, it has been confirmed.

The Sky Bet League One outfit has been given until 17:00 BST on Tuesday (27th August) to complete the sale of the club or offer reasons for an extension or face expulsion from the English Football League.

The Administrators say that Wanderers aren’t in a position to carry on trading, which would lead to liquidation and a loss of over 150 jobs.

In a statement Paul Appleton, joint administrator for Bolton Wanderers, said the deal collapsed on Saturday, and despite working around the clock they have yet reached a solution.

The full statement from Paul Appleton read:“At 5pm on Friday August 23rd, the completion of the sale of the football club and the hotel had been agreed by all parties and undertakings had been issued by all solicitors except those of Ken Anderson.

Devastatingly, on Saturday morning that deal collapsed. At this stage, there seems little point in apportioning blame because that makes no difference to the staff, players, management, supporters and the community who have once more seen their club taken back to the brink.
My team have spent the last 48 hours working around the clock, striving to get a deal back on track and trying to convince the parties still in conflict that the very fate of Bolton Wanderers depends on them finding a compromise.
The EFL have made their position clear by insisting on a 5pm deadline on Tuesday for a deal to be completed or give compelling reasons for an extension. They have also written to everybody concerned in the process to underline that sense of urgency.
On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.
In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked. Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday. 
This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation.
I reiterate, unless there is a change of position from any of the parties involved, the process of closing down the club and ultimately placing Bolton Wanderers into liquidation will begin this week.”
It would be a sad time if Bolton were to go into liquidation with the club being around for 145 years. Originally called Christ Church FC from 1874, they changed their name to Bolton Wanderers in 1877.
Bolton fans let us know your thoughts below? What has been your favourite memories watching Bolton? Can your club survive?
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What has gone wrong at Bolton?

As many people will already know , it has been a disastrous 12 months at the Macron stadium. Its been just over seven years since Bolton were relegated from the premier league , furthermore eleven years since we saw Bolton in the Europa league.

Bolton loved life when Edwin Davies was chairman , Edwin was chairman of Bolton for 13 years spanning from 2003 to 2016. Davies sold the club to Ken Anderson in 2016. Anderson has lead the club into a whole host of complications , Bolton were forced into administration due to an unpaid £1.2m tax bill. This resulted into Boltons players and staff not receiving payment for up to 20 weeks. Undoubtedly this raised eyebrows nevertheless this was only one of Bolton wanderers disputes. The club were underperforming in the league and had been given a colossal 12 point deduction for the start of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Despite it being a horrific last 12 months for Bolton wanderers fans , life under Ken Anderson hasn’t constantly being this dreadful. Bolton achieved promotion to the championship in the 2016/2017 and stayed up on the last day in the 2017/2018 season.

Although its the start of a new season , things haven’t got any better at Bolton. Earlier this month Bolton announced the cancellation of their friendly against Chester FC , the reasoning for the cancellation was due to the players and backroom staff hadn’t been paid for up to 20 weeks. It is believed that Bolton have 15 players currently ready for next season , However its still evident that the staff and players at the club are still not being paid for their efforts.

Its very clear that times are tough at Bolton wanderers and it has been stated that everyone at the club from the chairman to the fans want new ownership. Ken Anderson is still chairman of bolton which is a frustrating factor for Bolton fans , hopefully for the Bolton fans a takeover can happen as soon as possible.

Bolton are not going to be favourites for promotion that is for sure , the 12 point deduction has been an atrocious blow for the wanderers.

Will we see Bolton back in the championship anytime soon?

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

Bolton : Matches Could be Postponed

Bolton Wanderers, yes the great Bolton Wanderers, for who, Stanley Matthews plied his trade along with Nat Lofthouse, way back in the day, are now facing the very real threat that their next two championship matches could be postponed, as their very sorry saga carries on and developes into something much worse.

Ken Anderson the clubs current owner, who has the club up for sale, has been unable to pay the wages of the players and management staff, but the crisis worsened today when the EFL were informed that the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), responsible for issuing the general safety certificate at Bolton, has placed a prohibition notice preventing fans from entering the ground, with stewards and safety staff refusing to work until they are paid.

Effectively what this means is that the supporters, will not be allowed into the ground, as no one can guarantee their safety, unless the club can demonstrate that they can deliver a matchday operation.

Bolton, have lurched from one crisis to another in recent years and it was interesting to hear former manager Sam Allardyce comment recently that the problems the clu bare facing today, were very evident and looming even when he was in charge of the club year ago.

Boltons problems apparently stem from the fact that it chooses to be self sufficient in its operation, which is a good thing to try and aspire to, but the downside to it is that it doesn’t generate enough income as a stand alone model to do this, hence it is where it is.

Lets hope for Boltons sake the situation is remedied quickly.

Could this former Premier League striker be the right fit for Bolton?

Bolton have fought valiantly against the drop this term, and have managed to scramble away from the relegation zone. Sitting in 19th place in the table and only two points clear of the bottom three, they are not safe yet. After the departure of top scorer Gary Madine to Cardiff, Bolton are in desperate need of a goalscorer.

With Victor Anichebe available on a free transfer after his disastrous spell in China with Beijing Enterprises, could he offer the goals that could save The Trotters? The big targetman has scored goals in the top flight, but has often not been fit enough to string a long run of games together.

Dropping down to the Championship could be the perfect way to reinvigorate his stalling career, and if he can stay fit and score goals, he could prove to be an inspired signing. Standing at 6 ft 1 in and being a physical powerhouse, Anichebe’s style of play could be well suited to the Championship, and could also link up well with Bolton’s other strikers. In particular, a classic big man- little man partnership with either Adam Le Fondre, or Zach Clough could be very fruitful.

The major doubt over Anichebe is his injury record, the 29 year old has often struggled with injuries and has received the tag of being injury prone. This obviously would be a major concern for Bolton, as they need someone they can rely on when it comes to the business end of the season.

Anichebe provides the best option for Bolton now the transfer window has slammed shut, and especially on a free transfer it provides little risk and potentially a huge reward if his goals keep them up.

Bolton fans would you like to see Victor Anichebe at the Macron Stadium? Let us know in the comments section…