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Can the senior stars blend back in at Bolton Wanderers?

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The image of youthful Wanderers lapping the pitch to rapturous applause on Saturday will live long in the memory but once fans filed out of the UniBol, practicality set in once again.

Fuelled by adrenaline and the most supportive atmosphere in living memory the ‘Junior Whites’ had done themselves proud, earning a point against Coventry City against the odds and the respect of an entire fanbase in the process.

It was only as tired limbs and blistered feet were tended to in the dressing room after the game that the realisation set in: In 72 hours they would be doing this again at Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.

Only two players on Saturday’s team-sheet had played senior football twice in a week, James Weir and Harry Brockbank, and each of them had done it just once.

There are simply not enough players available at Wanderers for Phil Parkinson to rotate his squad but there were some notable absentees against Coventry.

Yesterday morning, in the latest of a long line of training ground confabs, the manager sat down with his senior players to discuss their next move.

Their non-participation at the weekend had not gone down well with many supporters and was cast in an even more negative light after the kids came up with an unexpected result. But to fully understand the motives behind their decision, and why the manager opted early on Friday morning to instruct youth team coaches Nicky Spooner and Gavin McCann to ready a side, we have to go back to last Friday in the Bolton Whites Hotel.

Josh Magennis – with a move to Hull City nagging at the back of his mind – had already refused to board the team bus. By mid-afternoon, the rest of the senior squad were doing likewise.

Players, already at their wits end after a horrendous summer, had been assured by administrators that full back-pay, dating back five months, would be in their account by lunchtime. When that didn’t happen to their liking, the team bus was left waiting outside the stadium with not a sole on board.

Frantic negotiations between coaching staff, administrators and advisors finally got things moving by 5pm but it was not until the following morning when Sharon Brittan, the figurehead of the Football Ventures Consortium, gave a explanation to players at the team hotel of what had gone wrong that Remi Matthews, Ben Alnwick, Erhun Oztumer, Luke Murphy and Jason Lowe agreed to play.

It is now known players received around 70 per cent of the money they expected to receive and that those who had moved on, or were still out of contract, would not be paid until the takeover is completed.

Little wonder, then, that the players’ reaction to Laurence Bassini’s court injunction and the consequent statement from joint-administrator, Paul Appleton, was quite so severe.

With a takeover seemingly stopped in its tracks and the club’s “very existence” reportedly in doubt, players felt they could not risk injury against Coventry and a potential loss of future earnings.

Ironically, it is now known Oztumer picked up a knee injury in the build-up which did legitimately rule him out, but in the previous fortnight players had seen Connor Hall and Josh Earl side-lined for a reasonable amount of time, so – rightly or wrongly – they made their feelings known.

Parkinson did not want a repeat of the previous weekend’s ‘will-they-won’t-they’ and so elected early to go with a young team against Coventry.

Now, after a talk between the manager and his senior pros, it has been agreed that Lowe, Matthews and Murphy will be in the squad for the Rochdale game, enabling at least a few changes to be made to the team which drew against Coventry.

It remains to be seen what reaction they will be given by away fans at Spotland, a ground where the proximity of supporters will not protect them from every syllable uttered.

Just a few years ago, midfielder Chris Taylor responded to taunts from the travelling fans at the same venue, effectively ending his Bolton career before it had even begun.

If the senior stars are to begin mending any broken bridges, they need only watch back the game they had missed on Saturday.

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Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Lets stop calling them stars for one shall we? And 70% back pay is an awful lot more than most fans will see in a few years of working so get a grip and play.

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Stars or not, paid better than most or not I can understand why the seniors reacted as they did after the court order. In truth there's a very real danger we'll still go bust anyway since the injunction is still in place (at least that's the last I heard) and we already know Bassini doesn't have the money to buy us. And as for Football Ventures I'm honestly surprised they paid anything at all on Friday since they still don't own a single share in the club thanks to that clown and his legal games.

We tend to forget that players are not attached to a club in the way its fans are and they first have to look to themselves and their own families. 70% backpay after 5 months of no pay and with no end in sight to the takeover saga? To be frank I wouldn't have boarded the bus either especially given BWFC's track record with injuries and recovery times.

As a fan I want to be angry at them but speaking honestly as a husband and father I have to say I would do the same in their shoes. I don't blame them, I don't even blame Ken (although I know he's made mistakes and I'm in a minority for believing they weren't part of some sinister plan to make a mountain of money from nothing). I squarely blame the EFL for even entertaining the idea that Bassini should be allowed to take over and of course Bassini himself for being a lying sack of the feacal matter of the male bovine.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@luckyPeterpiper wrote:Stars or not

Definitely not.

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Agreed. It's been a long time since we had anyone who could legitimately be called a star player.

sunlight

sunlight
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
There has only ever been one star at Bolton, and I was very very young, but I saw him play. That was Frank Worthington.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@sunlight wrote:There has only ever been one star at Bolton, and I was very very young, but I saw him play. That was Frank Worthington.
Sad to see him in such dire straights now.

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