Bolton Wanderers A Crisis Club
Former Clarets boss Owen Coyle resigned from his post as Burnley manager in January 2010 to join Bolton Wanderers Football Club, a club that he said was ten years ahead of the Clarets in terms of finance and a bigger Premier League club. As we approach that magical ten years since Coyle left Turf Moor we can now see just what he meant.
Whilst the Clarets continue to play their football in the Premier League and have this season competed in the Europa League for the first time in 51 years against Aberdeen, İstanbul Başakşehir and Olympiakos. The so called bigger club, Bolton Wanderers has been struggling for the last few seasons due to lack of investment, with the club close to administration and the players and management staff being paid late.
The situation has this week got worst for the Trotters, as the players and management were locked out of the training ground on monday morning and then this morning the club was informed by Bolton Council that the ground was not safe and this weekends fixture against Millwall Football Club could be postponed. The club now has to prove the ground is safe for spectators before 1.00pm on Wednesday otherwise Bolton Council will remove the clubs safety certificate and the game on Saturday will be cancelled.
Since leaving Turf Moor Owen Coyle has managed Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Houston Dynamo, Blackburn Rovers and Ross County who have all been relegated from their respective leagues within two years of Coyle taking charge. Perhaps his decision to leave the Clarets for a bigger club turned out to be a good move for Burnley Football Club.