I have seen the comments both in the media and on social media which allude to the fact that I am about to sell my stake in the club to a UK consortium.
While I’d rather not comment on media speculation of this nature I would suggest that you ignore these rumours and treat them as pure media speculation.
Of course it is no secret that I am looking for investment but I receive many enquiries virtually every week, a great deal of which often come from time wasters and dreamers who are unable to offer any proof of funding and disappear as quickly as they arrive. In my experience, when people leak details of a deal they rarely occur which is probably because they weren’t in a position to do a deal in the first place.
For the record, I didn’t have any meetings in London last week in connection with a sale of the club. My focus, along with the management and recruitment team, was solely on recruitment and fending off unwanted bids for our players. Despite media comments of fire sales, players demanding transfers and unrest amongst the players, not one player left in the January transfer window.
I can confirm, however, that detailed discussions are taking place with an interested party but as I am sure that you will appreciate I am unable to give you details at this stage. When there is something to say you the supporters will be the first to know through the usual club channels.
In spite of the disappointing result at Sheffield United on Saturday, I thought we played well especially in the first half and stuck to the game plan where we enjoyed a fair share of the game and utilised our possession well.
It was a testament to our players that there was an air of frustration amongst the home support going into the half time break.
Luck deserted us once again in front of goal but I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck. If we keep ourselves in this mindset then we won’t be too far off in getting the goals we need to turn into points.
I know the players and staff will also be disappointed with the result but they will dust themselves down and get back onto the training ground to prepare themselves ahead of our derby game against Preston North End at the University of Bolton Stadium this coming Saturday.
They have a collective determination to put things right and their desire and attitude cannot be faulted.
Also, the recruitment team are still actively looking for a striker and of course we shall update you on any progress that happens.
It is important that our supporters’ sole focus is to get behind the players throughout the match and show them your support in numbers. Be our twelfth man not just in this game but all the matches we have left to play.
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We are only three points away from safety and with 16 games remaining we still have everything to play for. Everyone said we would be relegated last season and we proved them wrong and that experience l am sure will stand us in good stead for these crucial games ahead.
With that in mind, the club has launched a Super 7 season ticket which will enable supporters to watch the final seven home games of the campaign from as little as £16.43 per match for adults and £5.71 per match for under 18s. I would strongly recommend that you take advantage of this great offer which starts with our home game against Norwich City on Saturday 16 February. The Super 7 season ticket will be available to buy online in person at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932 (selecting option 2 then option 1).
With your continuous and constant backing and support of the players I am hopeful that we will retain our Championship status come May.