Chairman Criticises Bolton's Transfer Activity

  • December 21, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson has told Phil Parkinson he must sell players before he is able to buy, after seemingly criticising Bolton's transfer activity under their current manager.

With Wanderers set to enter a transfer window outside of an embargo for the first time since the summer of 2015, the chairman and majority shareholder has admitted to being disappointed at a number of recruits in recent times - feeling their appearance statistics don't justify the time spent pursuing their signatures.

Writing at, Anderson revealed a cautious approach will be taken in the January window, with incomings only being permitted in the event that they are ready to hit the ground running from day one.

"The scouting and recruitment team have been actively scouting players for several months that the manager thinks will improve the squad and a short-list has been produced," Anderson said.

"I have set the ground rules running along the lines that any new player coming in has to be match fit and ready to challenge for a berth in the match day squad and to enhance immediately the quality we already have.

"We don't have the luxury of taking our time to acclimatise them or get them match fit.

"I have also taken a great deal of time recently looking at the current squad statistics with particular emphasis on our recent recruitment and contract renewals to see if there is anything to be learnt.

"The stand out statistic that l was looking for is the number of starts that each of these players has made.

"To be honest, in several cases, the stats were generally disappointing and makes me realise that l need to take a long, hard look at future recruitment decisions, as in all honesty, a number of the players we recruited in the past 12 months have had very few starts.

"Indeed, the actual playing time of a number of the players has also been very disappointing. We already have too many players who are regularly not making the match day squad and are on the periphery and we must ensure that we don't add to this number when bringing players in.

"I have made it absolutely clear to the manager that we need to have a balanced and manageable squad and before l can consider bringing players in he will need to trim the current squad size of those who have had little or no game time of late."

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