Bolton Wanderers were forced to close their training ground as of Monday due to financial worries continuing to mount over the club.
This Monday, it was announced that the Championship side would have to close their training ground due to food shortages. According to sources, training ground staff were told not to report for duty due to ‘Food And Water shortages’.
However, this isn’t the only worry for the Wanderers. They
currently face a winding-up petition from HMRC, the players and staff haven’t been paid their February wages, and the club are also in negotiations with the Greater Manchester Police regarding money owed over the policing of matches.
The wage issues at the club seemed to have had a negative impact on the players. Bolton have won a mere 6 games so far this season, with some of the players even refusing to play before the season started due to no payments from the Greater Manchester side.
The Wanderers are currently situated in 23rd in the Championship, with the threat of relegation looming over the club. Last season they narrowly managed to stay in the Championship thanks to two late goals from club captain, David Wheater, and Aaron Wilbraham.
Will They be able to pull off the great escape again? Bolton face a tough run of fixtures to end the season, including trips to fellow relegation-candidates Millwall and Wigan as well as a vital home clash against East-Anglian side, Ipswich Town.
Will the Wanderers be able to turn their season around and save themselves from relegation back to League One?
Derby County once again find themselves in the Championship promotion picture and after a victory at Deepdale against Preston North End on Monday, which ended the clubs eight-game winless run Gary Rowett’s side sits fifth in the league table.
With both Fulham and Aston Villa looking comfortable for at least the playoffs this season, it’s going to be a shootout between 7 teams who make up the final two playoff spots.
One of Derby’s biggest problem in the last few games has been finding the back of the net as throughout March they only scored 3 times in 4 matches, and this is something manager Gary Rowett will want to put right if they are to get a playoff spot come May.
The ‘Rams’ completed the signing of Cameron Jerome in January to bolster their attacking options but he has only found the back of the net on 1 occasion since joining the club and with other striker Sam Winnall sidelined for the rest of the season, Jerome is going to have to step up and support leading goalscorer Matej Vydra if the club are to be successful this season.
Despite adding to his attack in January Rowett is already rumoured to be looking at adding to it this summer with the Derby Telegraph linking the club with fellow Championship striker Lee Gregory.
Lee Gregory – Having moved down south in 2014, Lee Gregory has become a fan favourite at Millwall having found the back of the net on 54 occasions for ‘The Lions’, including 10 times this season.
With the striker already been proven and established at Championship level it could be seen as a very good move for Derby as they would be getting a striker who certainly knows where the back of the net is.
Derby fans would you like to see Lee Gregory at Pride Park next season? Let us know in the comments section…