EFL Chief Thanks Outgoing Bolton Chairman

  • February 25, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey believes a takeover of Bolton Wanderers is imminent and that Ken Anderson should receive a degree of credit for helping keep the club alive.

Anderson, who owns a 94.5% share in the club, has agreed to sell his stake to a consortium fronted by Parminder Basran and Sharon Brittan, with some reports suggesting a deal could come to fruition by the end of the week.

Harvey, who will step down from his role with the EFL at the end of the season, insists the league organisers will do everything they can to assist with the speedy resolution of a takeover bid, whilst also praising the outgoing Anderson for taking on a job few others even considered back in March 2016.

"For any sale to go through you obviously need a willing buyer and a willing seller and it would appear that we are in that position," Harvey told talkSPORT.

"Obviously we have got to do our due diligence checks on the potential purchasers and I think all Bolton Wanderers fans will want us to make sure that the people coming into the club are able to take it forward in a positive way.

"Whether that guarantees results on the pitch or not is something that other people have to be concerned with but what we will be doing is ensuring these people are real and indeed they have the funds and the money to take the club forward.

"That is all we can be expected to do as the competition organiser.

"We have always committed with Bolton Wanderers, as indeed any other club, that we will work with the potential purchasers as quickly as possible and certainly won't be hanging around to get it through to a conclusion.

"Everybody wants a resolution to this, including it would now appear Ken Anderson, so we are in a position where we will be doing everything we can and certainly won't be the obstacles.

"Ultimately he has agreed, it would appear, to sell the club so that is the beginning of the end.

"But whilst I may not be universally popular for saying this, ultimately Ken Anderson went into that club when there was nobody else to take it forward.

"He has put it into a position where a lot of the debt has gone.

"The club can change hands. Obviously they have got a fight on to stay in the Championship but Bolton Wanderers will be here for many, many years to come and Ken Anderson has played a part in that history."

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