Matt Mills is glad that Bolton Wanderers are not in the relegation zone anymore.
The Wanderers had dropped down to the relegation zone towards the end of last month, but, a couple of consecutive wins against Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic respectively in the first week of November has helped them get to the 21st position in the table.
After the Wigan game, Bolton had actually reached no. 18, but, then, the outcomes of the other games the following day got them down again. However, they remained just above bottom 3.
Former Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies has said that former manager Dougie Freedman is partly responsible for the troubles faced by the club this season. Bolton are at the bottom of the Championship after 11 games this season. The prospect of relegation has become a distinct possibility for the club with more than £ 150 million debt. This could even push them into administration especially given that the Premier League parachute payments have grown very little.
Bolton Wanderers finally managed to pull themselves out of the relegation zone after securing the first win of the season against Rotherham United. Bolton had made a poor start to the season, which raised a lot of questions about the club due to the overhanging financial crisis. Bolton have debts of more than £ 150 million and relegation to the League One will be financially crippling to the club. After six matches in the new season, Bolton were still without a win. This poor record finally ended after a nailbiting 3-2 win over Rotherham.
The manager of Bolton Wanderers, Dougie Freedman, wants a quality striker or two desperately, but, he obviously has the budget problem and that’s why, he hasn’t been able to make the signings as per his desire so far. But, the situation is getting panicky now for Bolton. Their frontline appears to be extremely weak.
Bolton Wanderers have let two of their players i.e. Arran Lee Barrett (England) and Andre Moritz (Brazil) go. Both had been signed by the club last summer for just one season and neither of them was able to get a contract extension.
Moritz’s release has come as a surprise for a few of the Wanderers fans as he had featured regularly in the last season and had performed decently. In the 27 matches that he had played, he had found the back of the net on 7 occasions.
For a club that was threatened with the prospect of relegation going into the final few months of the campaign, the end was quite happy. This was because Bolton finished midway into the Championship table at the end of the season. However, the club will be looking to target promotion in the upcoming campaign. In order to achieve this ambitious target, manager Dougie Freedman has revealed that he will be taking a hard-line when it comes to recruiting new players. Bolton have lost a number of experienced players in the last weeks of the summer.
Bolton Wanderers have already made one signing in the form of Leicester City’s Neil Danns. The player will arrive at the club at the start of the new season on a 12 month deal. Now, they are looking set to announce the second signing, as manager Dougie Freedman is looking to challenge a play-off place next season. Freedman has been speaking about the potential transfer targets into the new season. Without revealing the identity of the player, he said a few weeks ago that Bolton will sign a player who will be an absolute steal.
The season of Bolton Wanderers kicked off with Dougie Freedman and his players not being able to claim a victory during their opening 10 matches but in the last few stages of the campaign, they managed on securing a series of consecutive triumphs and Freedman is hoping that his squad can continue their positive streak for the upcoming season.
The optimism at Bolton Wanderers created by the three consecutive victories has been halted by the 0-0 draw with Derby County. It was one of the poorest matches of the season for Bolton, as both teams failed to create much opportunities over the 90 minutes.
On February 15, Bolton Wanderers travelled to the Den in order to play against Milwall and they had to settle with a 1-1 draw but Lukas Jutkiewicz could have changed that if he managed on scoring the penalty set-piece that he stepped up to take but failed on scoring.