David Wheater Regrets Leaving Bolton for Oldham

  • July 03, 2021 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/d12d3

David Wheater has opened up on the treatment he received whilst at Oldham Athletic and admits he regrets not staying on at Bolton.

After eight-and-a-half years with Wanderers, Wheater left the club in the summer of 2019 amid uncertainty over ownership at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The 34-year-old had been ready to sign a new contract with the Trotters but was left seeking alternative employment after being told any deal would not be legally binding until a takeover by Football Ventures (Whites) Limited had reached a conclusion.

The former Middlesbrough defender would go on to make 35 appearances in his debut campaign at Oldham but was omitted from first-team duties this past season under the instruction of senior figures at Boundary Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester about his ordeal, Wheater said: "I was at the hotel at Bolton ready to re-sign but then I was told it wouldn't matter until the club got bought.

"There was no guarantee that was going to happen, I could have been out of a job and so I decided to go to Oldham.

"They wanted me but I didn't hear good things. I got warned not to go.

"In my head I'd been a Premier League or Championship player all my life so I thought 'it wouldn't happen to me' with what I heard but it did in the end.

"I got there and everyone seemed alright. Me and my agent had heard bad stuff about the club but we were told it was ex-employees.

"We asked about being paid late and was told everyone would be paid on time while they were here.

"The day before the first pay-day I asked a few of the lads if they'd been getting paid on time and they all said different things. I went to ask if we were getting paid (tomorrow) and they were like 'maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe Monday'.

"I told them, 'No, it will be tomorrow'. I told them I'd come from Bolton where I hadn't been getting paid and was promised everything would be on time.

"They said I'd be sorted out first but we had a game on the Saturday and it still wasn't there. I was texting the guy and saying I was thinking about quitting already if this was going to go on and it finally went in just before I set off for the game."

Usually a very active personality on social media, Wheater has kept quiet on his personal situation for a number of months.

Following the expiry of his contract at Oldham this past week, he returned to Twitter to engage with supporters and also revealed in his interview with BBC Radio Manchester that the difficulties he faced whilst with Wanderers were nothing in comparison to the past two years.

"I regret not signing for Bolton that day," he added.

"I would've had to have waited a month and there was no guarantee they were going to get bought. They did and now look at them - I could still be there now.

"We didn't get paid at Bolton from January until the end of the season but it was nowhere near as bad as what had been going on here."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
View Full Standings >>

Poll

Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston