Lennon Criticises Outgoing Bolton Owner Eddie Davies

  • February 28, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon has aimed criticism at outgoing Bolton owner Eddie Davies, suggesting withdrawing funding has done nothing but harm the club.

Pending Football League approval, Davies will complete a sale to Sports Shield next week, a consortium headed by former Wanderers forward Dean Holdsworth.

Having remained tight-lipped about his time as Trotters manager, Lennon has spoken for the first time about the difficulties encountered during his 16 months in charge and claims he may not have taken on the role if the full picture regarding Davies' situation had been made clear from the outset.

"I certainly didn't see the club being in this position," Lennon told The Guardian.

"When I took the job on, it was a case of: 'Keep us up and we will have a go at it next season.' We kept them up comfortably but the rest didn't materialise; I have had to cut, cut, cut the wage bill, sell players and not spend a penny. It does curb your enthusiasm because it wasn't how I expected the job to go.

"I knew about the debt. I wish I had been told that the money coming in would stop. If I had known about the situation with the owner I would have had serious reservations about taking it on.

"I knew there was a big debt but I knew it was the owner's debt and he was prepared to write it off. What I didn't know was that I wasn't going to be given the chance to invest in players and the squad, as I wanted to. And build, rather than have to demolish; that's all I have done - 19 players went out the door last summer. We cleared about £10m from the wage bill as well as bringing in £2.5m in fees.

"There have been experiences that I don't really like. I wouldn't want other managers to experience a lot of those things.

"I'm enjoying the challenge - that in itself is a motivation. And if we keep the team in this league, what a great achievement. If we stay up, people will appreciate all that a lot more than if we go down. That's the black and white of football.

"I want the chance to rebuild because I haven't had a chance to build anything."

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