With the Championship campaign now a quarter of the way through, proceedings are looking bleak at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, on and off the field of play.
Negativity is seemingly an over occurring theme in my fortnightly Shoot blogging exploits, but when your club are winless in two-months, there isn’t much to smile about.
The Trotters have failed to register maximum points since the win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in September – and we’re held to a frustrating goalless stalemate at home to Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, a result which keeps them in the bottom–three.
Shola Ameobi spurned a chance to win the game from the penalty spot, as he was denied by Robins keeper Frank Fielding – only to also see a goal controversially chalked out for an offside call, which infuriated Trotters boss Neil Lennon.
Everything which could have gone wrong, has gone wrong this season – strikers misfiring on a regular basis, and injuries to key personnel haven’t helped Lennon’s cause.
Gary Madine once again flattered to deceive in the game against Bristol City. After finding it hard to settle, following his move to the Macron Stadium in the summer, he’s found the net just twice all season.
What is even more concerning, is the news printed in national newspaper, the Daily Mail, claiming that the club are facing administration, headlines which are of course never nice to wake-up to.
The club were forced to release a statement on the official website to play down fears of imminent administration.
With financial uncertainty hanging over the Trotters at this stage, supporters will be hoping for an upturn in fortune, sooner rather than later.
Eddie Davies has stopped putting the money into the beleaguered side, with the debt now sitting at an alarming £175m – worrying times aplenty for staff and supporters of this once great footballing institution.
But as fans, we know the situation that Bolton find themselves in at this moment in time with regards to money – there is none of it – as Neil Lennon recently admitted that he is in the dark over that side of things.
Free-agents and loan signings were drafted into the club during the summer months – signings which have been a mixed bag to be honest.
Like that I have mentioned in previous blogs in recent weeks, Lennon has his hands behind his back when it comes to signings, after a summer of struggle and missed targets for the Northern Irishman.
Out of all of his signings to date, only a handful have covered themselves in any glory – as fans start to put pressure on their manager, who, in my opinion, has failed to pull up any trees, unfortunately.
Despite Bolton’s troubles, Lennon is refusing to leave his position as manager of the club after just over a year, as he aims to bring them back up to speed, and recapture the form which they had at the start of the 44-year-old’s reign.
I do feel sorry for Lennon, as he has been put in a tough position, something he has never faced in his career, having played and managed at the top level at his former sides. He is a proven winner, but unfortunately has damage limitation on his hands, with this current squad of his.
Times are tough for Bolton at the moment, with Wanderers experiencing a tough start to the campaign for the fourth consecutive season in the second-tier of the English game.
Last season, Lennon turned things around fairly swiftly at the helm, but results started to tail off towards the end, something which has continued over into 2015/16, with drastic consequences.
Time will ultimately tell whether Bolton can wrangle their way out of this mess that they are in – Lennon’s reputation as a manager will hinge on his time here.
I would hate to see my football club in the third-tier – that would be a horrible occurrence – but it is a scenario which is increasing week after week, as Wanderers struggle for form.