EFL Approve Bassini to Conclude Bolton Takeover

  • March 29, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has revealed he has received approval from the EFL, ahead of a proposed takeover of Bolton.

Bassini, who has twice declared bankruptcy and in 2013 was banned from all football activity for a period of three years, was in charge of the Hornets between May 2011 and June 2012 - a spell which very nearly ended in liquidation for a club who have since achieved promotion to the Premier League.

The 48-year-old denies any wrongdoing, however, and claims to have lined up a board consisting of former Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, ex-Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion chairman John Williams, as well as one-time vice-chairman of Wanderers, Brett Warburton.

Bassini insists Wanderers have the potential to make a return to the top-flight in the coming years, and admits to being prepared to clear his name.

"There's a lot of rebuilding to do but I'll make it happen," Bassini told The Telegraph.

"If I had done what people said I'd done, there's no way the Football League would be approving me to go back into football.

"And there's no way that Sir Dave Richards or John Williams would be putting their names to me. Not a chance in hell, would they?

"I will not get caught out this time. I will do it my way."

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