Ken Anderson Comments on John McGinlay Ban

  • January 20, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson has defended his decision to ban club legend John McGinlay from attending Bolton's game against West Bromwich Albion.

Wanderers host the Baggies at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday night, before which an organised fans' protest is due to take place against the club owner - with supporters invited to meet at the Nat Lofthouse memorial statue from 7pm.

Commenting on his decision to block McGinlay's access to the media suite, Anderson says this was due to remarks about manager Phil Parkinson at a recent BBC Radio Manchester fans' forum.

"I will always stand by and defend the players, manager and staff where I think the criticism is unreasonable and not justified," Anderson told

"It's clear for everyone to see the players are fully behind the manager and give their all in every game, so for John McGinlay to say they need to roll up their sleeves and go down with a bit of pride is not warranted and certainly not acceptable.

"Not only did Phil (Parkinson) have extensive experience as a player, but he has also been a manager for well over 500 games and is highly thought of in the game. With all due respect to John, his experience of being a manager doesn't even come close.

"I acknowledge that John was a great player for the club and quite rightly considered a legend but I believe that this doesn't constitute justification for some of the contentious comments he has made recently. I have no problem with freedom of speech as long as it's factual and accurate.

"I accept and appreciate his passion and love for the club but I would therefore question the logic of his comments.

"Consequently, I did not think it was appropriate for someone who has been referred to as leading the protest and critical of virtually everything currently happening at the club to be involved with commentary on Monday night's game.

"I was also surprised to read the comments issued by Radio Manchester on Friday when they referenced 'unbiased reporting'. I have to ask how can this be the case in view of John's recent comments?

"The Bolton News reported that the club's decision to prevent John from attending the press area on Monday night was an unprecedented step. Well, I can certainly think of two examples involving Chelsea legends Ron Harris and Peter Osgood who were prevented from entering Stamford Bridge during Ken Bates' tenure as Chairman and I understand that there are many more examples at other clubs."

In addition to his comments about McGinlay, Anderson stood by his opinion that an organised protest would do no favours to anybody and has once again requested supporters stay away and instead focus on the match itself.

"I sincerely hope the planned protests being driven by a small minority on social media, some fans' forums and the local media do not take place as I believe they could be a distraction to the team and won't help the cause," he said.

"Hopefully, the small minority taking part will see the negativity this protest will bring to the club and decide there are better ways to achieve their aims and at this time it would be far more beneficial to send positive messages to the players and management and get behind the team."

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