Sammy Ameobi Fires Parting Shot at Ken Anderson

  • June 10, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Sammy Ameobi believes Bolton will reap the benefits of Ken Anderson's departure but insists he has no regrets over his decision to leave the club.

Ameobi, who had 12 months remaining on his contract at the University of Bolton Stadium, quit Wanderers in May after exercising his right to terminate the deal after going unpaid for a period in excess of two working weeks.

The 27-year-old says he will be forever grateful to the Trotters after they took the decision to sign him on a permanent basis from Newcastle United in July 2017, but admits he had no alternative but to seek pastures new after Anderson 'brought down' the morale and value of a once proud club.

"I never thought it would come to this," Ameobi told The Bolton News. "I don't think any of us did. But we were not being told the truth.

"People have to protect themselves, protect their families. But it should never have got to that stage.

"Bolton are a club I owe a lot to. I had started to take football for granted. They gave me a second chance. I'll always respect that.

"I am grateful to the club, grateful to the manager, grateful to the players who played with me, and especially the fans. It is such a shame it came to this, but I didn't have a choice.

"We were continually being told lies, or at least that’s how it felt. We were being asked to stay patient, told that something was happening, told that accounts were being unfrozen and that there was money to pay wages, but nothing.

"They wanted us to stop the (strike) process with the EFL, so we gave them an extra week to get things done. That was the last straw for me.

"To be honest, there were players who didn't want to give them that. But for the sake of the staff who were not on the sort of wages that we earn, we decided among us that we should give them one last chance.

"It was at that point I knew it was time to move on.

"I have never played with a nicer group of lads, good, honest people, not an ego among any of them. The owner took advantage of that, I think.

"We got to the point where we all had to take a stand. We had given them chance after chance to make amends.

"It's a testament to the lads that it didn't happen sooner. They were given so many warnings but people have to look after themselves and their families.

"For a big club with such history to be brought down by one man, taking it to this point, it is a huge shame.

"But I think you have to look forward. I'm hoping that once you get through the administration process that things will be sorted and that the club can return to the level it deserves to be.

"With Ken Anderson gone the whole place can move on."

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