It’s an end of an era for BWFC as Bolton Wanderers have failed survive in this seasons Premier League. As a BWFC fan, I am truly gutted! All it would have taken is a win from either one of the last two games which BWFC had an advantage on to actually ensure survival but since BWFC failed to capitalise on such an advantage it is fair to say that BWFC deserve to take the drop into Championship.
What happens to BWFC now?
Naturally, Bolton would want to get back into the Premier League as soon as possible which means coming towards the top of the Championship next season. This is possible but with the amount of players Bolton have who are now at the end of their contract, it has just made the job a lot harder. These include the following players:
- Kevin Davies (signed a new one-year contract)
- Sam Rickettes (signed a new two-year contract)
- Jussi Jaaskelainen (in discussion)
- Zat Knight (in discussion)
- Gretar Steinsson (left BWFC)
- Paul Robinson (left BWFC)
- Sean Davis (left BWFC)
- Ricardo Gardner (left BWFC)
- Ivan Klasnic (left BWFC)
- Mark Connolly (left BWFC)
- Tope Obadeyi (left BWFC)
- Rhys Bennett (left BWFC)
- Dino Fazlic (left BWFC)
- Tom Eckersley (left BWFC)
- Tuncay Sanli (Loan spell finished)
- Dedryck Boyata (Loan spell finished)
- Ryo Miyaichi (Loan spell finished)
- Nigel Reo-coker (left on the basis of a get out clause in his contract)
So as you can see, 14 players who were with BWFC last season are not with BWFC for next season, which could potentially be 16 players. So what can Bolton do about this now? It comes down to the funds available to the manager to get some players. If Owen Coyle does continue to be manager and funds are available to him then I don’t really see BWFC having much of a problem to get back into the Premier League as we know Owen Coyle has a good eye for talent – young talent especially. If BWFC fail to make any purchases then here’s what I think the starting 11 will look like:
It’s not all doom & gloom in all fairness as each one of those have good premier league experience as well as the midfield is essentially the same as the midfield BWFC were using when they were prolific in the 2010 – 2011 season. The main concern is the lack of pace in the defence. This needs to be addressed as well as bringing in a clinical, pacey finisher.
Some could even say that relegation is an opportunity for Bolton to get back on their feet again without the pressures of the pace of the Premier League. It gives BWFC the opportunity to regroup, win a lot more matches, and cheaper match tickets means larger audience. If BWFC could get a decent and constant match turn out at the Reebok Stadium then Bolton are more likely to build momentum to take them into the Premier League. After all Bolton have proved that they are a Premier League team since they have been in top flight football for 11 years.
Best thing to do is stay positive, don’t blame anyone for what’s already happen and look towards the future.