Ken Anderson: Shape Up or Ship Out

  • December 18, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson has issued a rallying call to Bolton's players, suggesting they up their effort and desire or find themselves looking for new clubs in January.

After a recent upturn in results lifted Wanderers out of the Championship relegation zone, a run of three defeats in their last four games has seen them drop back into trouble - with goal difference the sole reason for keeping them off the foot of the table.

With Saturday's 1-0 home loss at the hands of Burton Albion fresh in the memory, the Trotters' majority shareholder says he isn't afraid to make difficult decisions and will have no problem placing underperforming names on the transfer list.

Speaking to, Anderson said: "Over the last few weeks, our results have been mixed and l have to say that we have lost or drawn games where we should have taken all three points and this has to change.

"It is essential that the players step up to the challenges ahead, particularly over the festive period, to ensure that they, as well as the club, stay in the Championship.

"The time has come to take a long and hard look at where we are and to take the decisions that ensure we start climbing out of the relegation zone and up the league to safety.

"My sole aim since l have been involved with the club is to do what is best for the long term future of the club and l won't hesitate in making difficult decisions if that is what's required.

"By that I mean backing the manager and bringing players in to strengthen the squad, as well as letting players go.

"We cannot afford the luxury of carrying anyone who is not giving their all, week in, week out, on the pitch or training ground and knocking on the door to play.

"Going through the motions of just turning up for a pay cheque is not acceptable and won't be tolerated.

"The players and the management team are all aware of this and it is now up to them to deliver and repay the support and faith you the supporters have shown in them particularly over the last five months.

"There can be no more excuses - every single one of the squad has to go out there, whether it be on the training ground or on a matchday for every single game and give everything they have and a bit more.

"They have to want it more than the opposition and ensure that we are a difficult team to beat, home or away, and to try and make sure that we come away from each match with at least a share of the points."

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