Forgotten Wanderers Midfielder Backs Lennon to Succeed

  • October 23, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Andrews believes Bolton can now start climbing up the Championship table, following the recent appointment of Neil Lennon.

Lennon was appointed as the successor to Dougie Freedman earlier this month, after the Scot was sacked following a miserable run which had seen Wanderers win just one of their opening 10 league games.

Andrews, who will become a free agent next summer, will spend the remaining eight months of his contract out on loan at Watford. A calf injury has kept him out of action for the better part of two months, which has allowed him to pursue a potential career in media once he decides to hang up his boots.

Posting in a Sky Sports blog, the 34-year-old admits he was disappointed that his spell at Bolton failed to get off the ground but he has no regrets over his decision to join the club - and has backed them to be successful under their new manager.

"There's no getting away from the fact that it's been a very difficult few seasons for Bolton after the relegation from the Premier League and then failure to deal with life in the Championship," Andrews said.

"I signed my contract with Bolton just after their relegation with the clear intention of everybody concerned of promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt and with the squad we had I was very confident - otherwise I genuinely wouldn't have signed.

"I struggled a lot in my first season with a niggling Achilles injury that ultimately cut my season short. I was back and raring to go for Dougie Freedman's first full season in charge but the club clearly had other intentions as they agreed a season-long loan deal with Brighton within a week of the season starting.

"It's a manager's prerogative to have a preference towards certain players or want to wheel and deal in the transfer market and maybe balance the books, but it's not in my nature to just hang about so it was an easy decision to leave for the south coast as I think it suited all parties concerned.

"I was disappointed at how it was dealt with but I have absolutely no bitterness towards anybody at the football club as I've been in football long enough at this stage to not really hold grudges and nothing can really surprise you.

"I really don't know why Bolton have struggled over the last couple of years, though, as the squad there is so much better than where their league standing suggests. However, once you get on a downward spiral it's very difficult to reverse it.

"They have a manager in Lennon that I'm very surprised wasn't snapped up sooner after his departure from Celtic, following four successful seasons in Scotland, though. I think Lennon will bring a really fresh approach to things there and, knowing the players quite well, I'm sure they will buy into his methods and climb the league quite quickly.

"No club has a divine right to success and to bounce back to the Premier League - you only have to ask Wolves or Sheffield Wednesday fans about that - but now it's imperative that everyone involved at Bolton, whether it's the players, the coaches, the directors or the fans realise exactly the position they are in right now and that the only way they can achieve anything is by having solidarity, belief and positivity."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Peterborough United 2 6
2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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