What Does the Future Hold for the Wanderers?

  • March 11, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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It has been nothing short of a rollercoaster campaign for Bolton Wanderers and their fans and League Two is now staring them straight in the face.

However, the fact the club has managed to stay afloat, unlike the unfortunate incident regarding Bury, is the main priority.

For the first time in years, Bolton will be closer to non-league football than the Premier League - it will be their ninth season since vacating England's top-flight division - which is soon becoming a distant memory for the Wanderers.

There was a stage when Atletico Madrid weren't able to stop the Trotters and went as far as the round of 16 in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup along with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. However, while Tottenham and Everton are in the hunt for a Champions League place, with Spurs fifth favourites at 5/1 in the Premier League betting, Bolton are struggling for survival.

But from playing Atletico Madrid away to recently losing 1-0 to fellow League One strugglers MK Dons, it is concerning to see where the club may be heading. Despite an influx of signings this season, many of which have arrived on loan or short contracts and it is unclear who will be pulling on the white shirt next campaign

There's no doubting that Bolton is a huge club and it is a real shame to see Keith Hill's side falling down the league ladder. But the pull of playing for a club of Bolton's size in a Premier League fit stadium may well encourage players to drop down a division in order to help the club get it back to where it belongs.

Off the pitch, the club seems to be in a solid place, especially compared to the summer months and although a further relegation is anything but what the club want, there has no doubt been plenty of preparing for a season in League Two after the heavy points reduction before the start of the current campaign.

There has been plenty of positives for Bolton this season. The club, in albeit extremely difficult conditions, have a real chance of finishing above Southend, who have won less games than Wanderers. The club has continued to act professionally and have been a credit to the league and fans alike.

The club have also recently appointed a Head of Football Operations in Tobias Phoenix, which shows further encouraging sides off the pitch, who will be joining the rest of the staff at the University of Bolton Stadium with immediate effect.

Looking at the bigger picture, Bolton Wanderers remain a Football League club and fans will be counting their blessings for many years to come. However, next season may well shape their whole existence and the board will have to make sure a plan is in place to bounce back.

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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