Sam Ricketts: Bolton's Fall from Grace is a 'Real Shame'

  • October 26, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Sam Ricketts has expressed his disappointment at Bolton's current league position, after admitting enjoying his four years at the Reebok Stadium.

Ricketts joined Wanderers from Hull City in July 2009 for a fee of around £2million and went on to make 114 appearances during his stay with the club, before completing a free transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2013 after his contract was cancelled by the Trotters.

The 34-year-old, who now plays his football at Coventry City, was asked for his opinion on Bolton's current struggle in the Championship and he believes they can lift themselves from their current plight by putting focus back on becoming a strong family club.

"It's a real shame," Ricketts told Football League Tonight. "I think all players look back at their former clubs, especially me with Bolton.

"I really enjoyed four years there. It was a great family club and to see them at the bottom of the table is really disappointing.

"When I left, we missed out on the play-offs to get back into the Premier League by a goal and I'm afraid they've gone downhill ever since.

"You see it with a lot of clubs who have fallen down from the Premier League - Wolves were the same when they fell into League One. You really need the whole club pulling in the same direction and that comes from the owner, fans and the board. If you get everyone pulling in the same direction then the club can really go on and do something.

"At the minute that's not the case. They're trying to sell the club and finances are a bit tight for that reason, but I'm sure as soon as they get that sorted things will pick up."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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