It’s been a difficult period in Bolton Wanderers’ history, with financial troubles off the field leading to their relegation from the Championship into League One.Not since 1993 have the Trotters played their football in the third tier of the English pyramid, and it’ll come as a shock to supporters, who in the not so distant past were enjoying the delights of Jay-Jay Okocha - not to mention top ten finishes in the Premier League.
Wanderers finished a distant 24th on the Championship last season, resulting in manager Neil Lennon being relieved of his duties in March of this year. Much like MK Dons, the Trotters were goal-shy, as academy graduate Zach Clough topped the scoring charts, managing just seven goals.
However, with the club under new ownership and management, and with the appointment of Phil Parkinson, fans will be hoping for a season which sees Wanderers get back on track - both on and off the field.
Parkinson turned the fortunes of his previous club Bradford City around drastically, taking them from League Two into League One - not to mention the marvellous Capital One Cup run in 2013.
It was one which saw the Bantams go all the way to the final, where they were ultimately defeated by Premier League side Swansea City.
There’s expected to be a large overhaul of players at the Macron Stadium over the summer, as Parkinson aims to put a squad together which can push for immediate promotion back to the Championship.
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