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631 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Mon Jan 08 2018, 17:05

y2johnny


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Natasha Whittam wrote:
y2johnny wrote:I know. I know.  But then i didnt know you and sluffy where the same either  affraid

He bloody wishes. He'd kill to fill my arse.
affraid

632 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Mon Jan 15 2018, 18:28

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We've gone 10 days without a message from Ken, have the words of wisdom come to an end? We got 5 essays to read in the 17 days before that.

633 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Jan 16 2018, 13:17

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Growler wrote:We've gone 10 days without a message from Ken, have the words of wisdom come to an end? We got 5 essays to read in the 17 days before that.
I would imagine they are deep in negotiations trying to sort the squad out and hopefully bring in some talent, so I guess there's not much to say until it's sorted out.

Apart from buy more shirts, obviously.

634 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Jan 16 2018, 13:33

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Be loud,be proud,and get spending in Bolton Central,you bastards.
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635 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Jan 16 2018, 15:21

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boltonbonce wrote:Be loud,be proud,and get spending in Bolton Central,you bastards.
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Laughing

636 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Wed Jan 17 2018, 16:47

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Looking ahead to the weekend’s encounter against Ipswich Town at Macron Stadium, it is a game which presents us with an opportunity to continue our good home form in the league.

Our recent victories on home soil against Cardiff City and Hull City were impressive and illustrated our battling spirit and never-say-die attitude, and we need to show more of the same when we line up against a well organised Ipswich side on Saturday.

In the Emirates FA Cup meanwhile, we pitted our wits against Premier League opposition in the guise of Huddersfield Town, and although both teams made several changes from their usual league squads, we acquitted ourselves very well against a team that has caused a few upsets in the top flight.

As a result of Cardiff’s progression in the competition however, our game against them which was due to be next weekend will now be played further down the line, details of which will be announced in due course.

Fortunately, several other Championship teams are still involved in the FA Cup and so they will also have to have games rescheduled.

I thought we deserved to get something out of the game against Brentford last weekend, which shows how far we have come since we played them at Macron Stadium earlier in the campaign and had we had better luck with some of the chances that fell to us early in the game, then the result may have been very different.

We were backed by a tremendous following of just over 1,000 Wanderers fans who made some fantastic noise throughout the entire game and it was a shame that the team weren’t able to reward you with a positive result.

We bade farewell to Adam Armstrong, Josh Cullen and Reece Burke early in the New Year who all returned to their parent clubs, and I would like to thank them for their contributions over the first half of the season.

Elsewhere however, it was pleasing to see Harry Charsley make his debut at Griffin Park just over a day after we signed him from Everton and I am very excited to see what he can bring to the team in the second part of the campaign.

As is usual for this time of the year, a great deal is being written and talked about as to what will or won’t happen in the transfer window, the majority of which is pure speculation and often very wide of the mark. I suppose that is why football is such an interesting and intriguing subject, as it’s all about opinions and rightly or wrongly everybody has them.

For my part, l have to say a lot of which is written or said on social media by so-called experts, or sources allegedly in the know, does make me laugh, as generally speaking it’s total nonsense, and without any foundation whatsoever.

The reality of what may or may not transpire is far more scientific and extensively researched prior to the window opening and discussed by numerous people in the club player recruitment departments before any negotiations and discussions with other clubs, players or their agents take place.

Even then, the final decisions are and always have been since l have been involved at the club, taken solely by the first team management personnel.

As we enter the run-in to what is generally known as the ‘business end of the season’, l along with my trusted colleagues and advisors have begun the process of reviewing our season to date and our realistic prospects for the rest of the campaign.

This has been made far more difficult than l hoped it would be due to our disappointing start to the season. Fortunately, our recent results have given us renewed hope and the opportunity to take the view that our destiny is now in our own hands and that is something no one was predicting back in the autumn, when everyone was writing us off.

I am fully aware that what you all really want to know is what is actually going to happen in this transfer window and who is leaving and who is coming in.

Unfortunately, like all the other clubs, those decisions don’t always rest solely with the club owners, as has been clearly seen recently with Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal and a number of Sky Bet Championship clubs. Often other external factors actually determine what does or does not happen.

All l can tell you is that we are actively looking to bring more players in and l am not expecting to sell any of our players who are regularly mentioned in the media speculation and, as has been correctly reported, l have already declined several offers for our players in this window and will continue to do so to give us the best possible opportunity of retaining our Championship status.

That said, l do understand that everybody has a price and l always have to consider the club’s longer term financial situation, so if and when there is an exceptional offer, l would have to think about now and the future and no doubt, that is what happened when Britt Assombalonga was sold by Nottingham Forest to Middlesbrough and Alex Pritchard from Norwich to Huddersfield for example.

However, l am not anticipating that happening to us in the current window. Indeed, someone would have to make an unbelievable offer to even tempt us to part with any of our players and in my opinion, that is unlikely to happen in this window.

I have also previously stated that players who have not been involved in the matchday squads probably need to look elsewhere for football and that remains the case, as both the manager and l want to work with a squad of circa 24/25 players.

As is normal, a number of our younger players will also be given the opportunity to go out on loan to gain playing time and help in their future development.

Since l have been at the club, l have always tried my best to be open and transparent and will continue to do so wherever possible. I will therefore be holding another supporters’ Q&A before the televised game against Bristol City on Friday 2 February, where you will have the opportunity to discuss the transfer window transactions with me along with anything else.

There will also be another player signing session in Bolton Central prior to kick off on Saturday and it will be a great chance for you to meet some first team players and get their autographs.

We will have several promotions running across our merchandise range, so it will be the ideal opportunity for you to get some bargains and show your support for the team.

I’d also like to remind you about our half season ticket offer, which ends before kick-off at the weekend. You will be able to watch our final ten homes games of the season from just £170, which equates to £17 per match.

This is the most cost effective way of watching Wanderers at Macron Stadium and we need your support as always. To purchase a half season ticket and spread the cost over Direct Debit, please call 0844 871 2932, click online at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or visit Bolton Central in person.

Also, please don’t forget about our season ticket holder offer for the Bristol City match. All BWFC season ticket holders will be able to purchase up to four additional tickets for just £10 each for this game.

Let’s try and get Macron Stadium full for this match to show the watching TV audience just what a night under the lights in Bolton can be like.

More information about this offer can be found by visiting [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or heading into Bolton Central in person where our staff members will happily assist you.

Meanwhile, please continue to support Bolton Whites Hotel and the events they host as every bit of revenue helps support the club.

This week, they’ll be announcing details of some Valentine’s Day packages as well as the Bolton IPMS Model Show which is taking place in the Premier Suite on Sunday 28 January.

Finally, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Phyllis Leyland, a long standing supporter and a lady who was truly part of the fabric of the football club having given her time towards the Bolton Wanderers Development Association and Lotteries.

The sincere sympathies of all here at the club go to her sisters, Ann and Margaret and all her extended family and friends.

Kind regards,

Ken

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637 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Jan 18 2018, 11:06

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Bolton chairman Ken Anderson reveals financial plan at Macron Stadium

KEN Anderson says the standard of this season’s Championship caught him on the hop - but not for much longer.
The Wanderers chairman remains upbeat his club can defy the odds and beat relegation – a viewpoint shared by the bookmakers, who now rank Bolton fourth favourites behind Burton Albion, Birmingham City and Sunderland.
Anderson admits he has been learning on the job along with Phil Parkinson and his squad since promotion, believing the quality of opposition has improved considerably compared to the Whites’ last stay in 2015/16.

But with 19 games to go, the first of which will be at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday, he says the players are now looking competitive at this level once again.
“If I’m honest I think I underestimated how much the Championship had improved in the season Bolton had been away,” he told The Bolton News. “There were always two or three clubs who had quality, whether it was the ones who had come down from the Premier League or those who had spent a bit more money, but this season it’s virtually every opponent you come up against. There is a much more even spread across the teams.
“With the exception of Wolves every single club has had a dip of six-or-so games. Derby, Leeds, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough have all been through it and probably will again.
“It was a surprise to the rest of the division that we beat Cardiff City, who have been at the top of the division, even though our form had been quite similar in the build-up.
“But I think we have adapted and we know what we are up against now. Of course, I would prefer to be further up the table but considering how poorly we started, I think we have started to turn it around.
“In October and November no-one was giving us a shout. Now we have brought half a dozen, maybe up to eight clubs back into the mix.”
Knowing every club is seeking to emerge from the January window stronger for the final push, Anderson is looking to help Parkinson bring in new signings .

It is understood further business does not hinge on fringe players moving on but rebuffed bids for Gary Madine in the last two weeks show Wanderers do mean business in this window.

Off the field, Anderson says progress is also being made, with an agreement reached between the club and HMRC to tackle a historical debt, which it is claimed will be cleared in full next week.

And the chairman feels confident heading further into the New Year the club can handle its financial obligations.

A loan from BluMarble is not due to be repaid until September and Anderson says he has also spoken with new funders who are offering better terms.

The potential of outside investment or a sale has seemingly been placed on the backburner, despite continual interest from outside the country.


“I seem to get a different request every week ,” Anderson said. “It does not make sense to do anything until the end of the season because, being honest, we don’t know what division we will be playing in.
“Until people know where we are it is a little difficult to say ‘we’ll give you X or Y’ and l understand that has been the stumbling block at Newcastle United”
Anderson wants to continue his own restructuring job, which has thus far seen significant improvements on the commercial front and a much more streamlined set of finances than the ones he inherited.
“The big challenge between now and the end of the season is to continue to reduce the operating losses,” he said.

“Ideally, I would like to be starting next season close to breaking even for the first time in a very long time. Whether that happens, I don’t know, it may be a little ambitious.
“We have players who combined are costing us around £4m who will either not be here by the start of next season or on a reduced salary.
“It is a little like the situation with Jay Spearing last summer.”

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638 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 14:22

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As we return to home soil against Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon, the game also marks the last opportunity for fans to purchase a half season ticket for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign.

By doing so, you can show your support for the team during the last ten games of the season for just £17 a game, with the option available to spread the cost with our Direct Debit scheme.

This is the most cost-effective way of watching Wanderers at Macron Stadium and we need your support as always.

For more information, please call 0844 871 2932, click online at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or visit Bolton Central in person.

Saturday will also see a number of promotions on offer in our retail outlet including 20% off home and away shorts and socks, while our captain Darren Pratley will also be in attendance to meet you all and signed autographs from 2pm onwards.

Moving our focus back to football matters meanwhile, one of the strange quirks of being the chairman of a football club is that the phone never stops ringing during a transfer window.

Generally speaking, the calls mainly come from the media trying to get inside information about potential transfers.

The other calls are often from players’ agents offering you players who are “perfect for the club“, or even worse, are trying to persuade you to pay an existing player a compromise payment to leave, as he’s not happy at not being involved or getting a game .

Over the last week or so, l have had to tell several agents that l can fully understand that their clients are disappointed that they are not playing, but as the manager has made absolutely clear to the players, there is still an opportunity for them to be involved if they continue to train and work as they have up to now.

They just have to bide their time, as their chance will arrive, but at the same time, their player is welcome to look elsewhere for football, if that is what he really wants.

Under no circumstances however am l prepared to pay up their contract in full until the end of July,  only to subsequently see them sign for another club shortly after and then effectively get paid another salary again, albeit perhaps on a reduced salary to that what we are paying.

My logic is that if we are going to have to pay their salary until the end of July, we might as well have the benefit of them being available to play for us if called upon, even if it is only in the event of an injury or suspension crisis.

Unfortunately, this practice has become a regular occurrence in football over recent years, but as far as l am concerned, we will do our best not to be paying up our senior players’ salaries, whilst they then go and sign a new contract elsewhere, even if that means they are not involved with our squad on matchdays and sit in the stands.

Hopefully these players will realise that their playing career is a short one and see the light of day and work even harder to be involved or move on, so that they actually get to play football, albeit elsewhere.

That said, l must make it absolutely clear that generally speaking, the players who have not been involved recently have reacted perfectly and in a very professional manner and have not let their disappointment affect their efforts and performance in training and their spirits have remained high and focused along with the rest of the playing squad.

We have also had a number of calls from other club managers enquiring after the loan availability of several of our players and this is my preferred option of reducing our squad numbers, as at least we get a contribution to our costs.

Obviously, this is not the same with our young players, as we can see the advantages of them getting game time elsewhere on loan to help their future development and that’s why we welcome and encourage them to go out on loan and gain playing experience.

The recruitment team continue to research potential signings before the window closes and a number of discussions have and continue to take place with various clubs, agents and players and we are hopeful of bringing in several players to strengthen and refresh the squad.

Finally, I would like to remind you all about our season ticket holder offer for the Bristol City match where all BWFC season ticket holders will be able to purchase up to four additional tickets for just £10 each for this game.

More information about this offer can be found by visiting [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or heading into Bolton Central in person where our staff members will happily assist you.

As usual however, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.

Kind regards,

Ken

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639 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 14:42

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Sounds like a few players' agnets have asked for payment until the end of their contracts for them to leave the club. He does right by not paying it as there is no benefit to us at all.

640 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 14:57

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You can guarantee he was doing the same when he was an agent so he'll know all the tricks at least. If players are that desperate to leave then they should agree to having their contract terminated and they can walk away as a free agent.

641 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 15:02

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Now it's looking like Amanda Stanley's bid for Newcastle seems to have fallen through, maybe she/PCP Capital will take an interest in us?

642 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 15:16

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wanderlust wrote:Now it's looking like Amanda Stanley's bid for Newcastle seems to have fallen through, maybe she/PCP Capital will take an interest in us?

I read that the bid was dependant on Newcastle remaining in the Premier League - and it hardly look like they will if they haven't strengthen at all in the window so far.

So I very much doubt we are on her shopping list if that is the case.

643 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 17:25

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Sluffy wrote:
wanderlust wrote:Now it's looking like Amanda Stanley's bid for Newcastle seems to have fallen through, maybe she/PCP Capital will take an interest in us?

I read that the bid was dependant on Newcastle remaining in the Premier League - and it hardly look like they will if they haven't strengthen at all in the window so far.

So I very much doubt we are on her shopping list if that is the case.

She offered Ashley less money than he paid for Newcastle and there appear to be doubts about her own wealth.She handles £billions of others  people's cash but apparantly hasn't proven her own funds

644 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 22:51

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Sluffy wrote:
wanderlust wrote:Now it's looking like Amanda Stanley's bid for Newcastle seems to have fallen through, maybe she/PCP Capital will take an interest in us?

I read that the bid was dependant on Newcastle remaining in the Premier League - and it hardly look like they will if they haven't strengthen at all in the window so far.

So I very much doubt we are on her shopping list if that is the case.


Where have you read that Sluffy? From what I’ve read her bid fell short of what Ashley was after.

645 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Jan 19 2018, 23:07

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T.R.O.Y wrote:
Sluffy wrote:
wanderlust wrote:Now it's looking like Amanda Stanley's bid for Newcastle seems to have fallen through, maybe she/PCP Capital will take an interest in us?

I read that the bid was dependant on Newcastle remaining in the Premier League - and it hardly look like they will if they haven't strengthen at all in the window so far.

So I very much doubt we are on her shopping list if that is the case.


Where have you read that Sluffy? From what I’ve read her bid fell short of what Ashley was after.

I can't recall now.

The best I can find is the quote below that sorts of alludes to it.

Maybe I've got it wrong slightly and what I read was something like the bid is worth so much but if Newcastle stay up they will get an additional payment for doing so - a bit like how managers and players get additional money if they keep teams up or if they go on to become internationals, etc. - I'm sure you know what I mean.

Anyway this is what I've found doing a quick search -

Staveley's group, which is thought to be backed by money from the Middle East and China, is one of a series of prospective buyers that signed non-disclosure agreements with the club last year.

It made a formal offer for the club in November which, it is understood, could have eventually risen to £300m if certain targets were met.

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646 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 11:05

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I have to say that like many other managers, players and club administrators, l have found this transfer window to be one of the most difficult and frustrating that l have ever been involved in.

This was for a variety of reasons, but was mainly due to the fact that a number of clubs had a high level of injury problems, were reluctant to release their players and at the last minute they also missed out on transfers, which resulted in us then losing out on several agreed deals due to the knock-on effects. This was primarily the reason why both the Chung Yong Lee and Josh Cullen deals did not happen.

That said, we were very pleased with the deals that we did manage to complete.

I’d like to welcome Tyler Walker and Jon Flanagan who have joined us on loan for the remainder of the season from Nottingham Forest and Liverpool respectively, while I’m delighted that Reece Burke and in particular Zach Clough have returned to the club also on loan. These four join Harry Charsley in signing for the club during the window.

I am sure you’ll give them all a very warm welcome when they pull on the jersey.

A great deal has been written and said elsewhere about the transfer of Gary Madine, and l can say that, like many of you, l was very disappointed to lose him.

However, despite all that has been written and said elsewhere, even by some of the people close and actively involved in the transfer, it became obvious to me towards the end of last week that Gary and his advisors had decided on a move away despite having made what l considered to be a very good, new contract offer to Gary, whereby his salary and add-ons effectively doubled his current salary and extended the length of the contract by a further year to 2020.

However, for whatever their reasons, Gary and his advisors declined to accept our proposals.

Indeed, discussions came to a stage whereby Gary submitted a written transfer request on January 24, which was after the initial offers from Cardiff had been received and swiftly declined, and despite all the efforts made by the manager and myself to keep Gary, it was not to be.

I reluctantly agreed on Tuesday to meet with the Cardiff chairman personally to try and reach an agreement that would be financially beneficial and acceptable to the club.

As l said in my notes on January 17, and have said in the past, if and when an exceptional offer was made for any of our players, l would also have to consider the club’s longer term financial situation and base my final decision on now and the future, which as we all now know, culminated in Gary moving to Cardiff on a three-year deal and on substantially better terms than we could have offered him if l was to continue the prudent and commercially financial path that we are now having to take.

I do not blame or disagree with Gary’s decision and fully understand that he has to consider his own and his family’s future as the life and career of a professional footballer is a short one and is sometimes made even shorter by injury, as has clearly been seen with Mark Davies.

Both clubs agreed not to disclose the transfer details, but surprisingly - and l don’t know how - the level of the fee and the payment terms that have been referred to elsewhere and the figures being bandied around are not that far from reality.

Indeed, the transaction is one of the largest in this Sky Bet Championship window and is up there with previous club record transfers.

Furthermore, l can say that the determining factor in agreeing to the transfer, albeit that it was only reluctantly and finally accepted on Wednesday morning, was the fact that the fee was to be paid immediately with further substantial add-ons in the future, together with a substantial share of any future transfer proceeds.

As has been stated on many occasions by other clubs, the biggest disadvantage of doing last minute transfers is the difficulty and almost impossible challenge of finding a replacement so late in the day, and as it turned out, despite making numerous enquiries and several offers to other clubs and players, we were unable to conclude a deal to replace Gary.

Many of the names that have been mentioned in the media as possible targets were correct, but as l have already said, despite all the efforts by the manager, the recruitment team and myself, we were not successful.

We have not given up on finding a suitable replacement for Gary and are today actively looking at out-of-contract players.

Despite receiving bids for other players in our squad, we opted to ensure that nobody else left. It was always our intention to come out of this window with a larger squad, although I do accept that Gary is a massive loss and will be difficult to replace between now and the end of the season, but both the manager and I believe that we have a squad strong enough to retain Championship status this season and to kick on next season.

Tomorrow’s game against Bristol City marks the start of a busy month of February for the team, with six Sky Bet Championship fixtures to come – three away and home apiece.

Months such as this can be crucial, especially in our current position, with momentum there for the taking – picking up points when the games are coming thick and fast can make or break seasons.

And with us now having two successive home games, starting on Friday and next weekend against Fulham – we need to make our recent form here at Macron Stadium count.

As ever, your support is crucial and by sticking together and getting behind the players, home and away, we can achieve our ambitions.

If you haven’t already bought your tickets for the game, you can buy them online by clicking here. And please don’t forget that season ticket holders can buy up to four additional tickets for just £10 each so that their family, friends or colleagues can come to Macron Stadium and support the team.

As always, let's be loud, let's be proud and let’s get behind the boys!

Kind regards,

Ken

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647 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 12:16

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Intersting to see Madine handed in a transfer request last week. So we basically had to get the best deal we could, and looks like we got a great deal.

648 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 13:30

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can't argue with much said there. I'm sure some will.

649 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 13:44

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Fair play to KA for getting the best deal but minus points for not getting in a replacement as they knew a week ago he was likely to go.

650 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 13:51

Growler


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Sluffy wrote:

Experience has taught me that January is not the best time to bring new faces in, as unlike the summer window when you have the pre-season to settle them in and become familiar with their new team mates, there is not sufficient time in January for this.
Basically, they have to be ready and able to hit the ground running and settle in immediately, which is not always possible if they have not been playing regularly and they need time to get match fit and sharp.


In our current situation this has never been more important, as we already have an eligible squad of 33 players and l have to weigh up the ability of the manager being able to manage a squad of this size, let alone increase it and still keep the players happy when they are not being selected for the matchday squad.
A great deal of managers at all levels have commented on this over the years and generally speaking, the conventional wisdom is that 23/24 is a maximum ideal squad size.


I have set the ground rules running along the lines that any new player coming in has to be match fit and ready to challenge for a berth in the match day squad and to enhance immediately the quality we already have.
We don’t have the luxury of taking our time to acclimatise them or get them match fit.


I have made it absolutely clear to the manager that we need to have a balanced and manageable squad and before l can consider bringing players in he will need to trim the current squad size of those who have had little or no game time of late



Kind regards,
Ken

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With 5 new players coming in  Ken seems to have changed his mind from 6 weeks ago, when he was talking about reducing the squad size.A bullshitter, albeit an articulate one, who makes it up as he goes along would be one way of describing it



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651 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 13:55

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Growler wrote:
Sluffy wrote:

Experience has taught me that January is not the best time to bring new faces in, as unlike the summer window when you have the pre-season to settle them in and become familiar with their new team mates, there is not sufficient time in January for this.
Basically, they have to be ready and able to hit the ground running and settle in immediately, which is not always possible if they have not been playing regularly and they need time to get match fit and sharp.


In our current situation this has never been more important, as we already have an eligible squad of 33 players and l have to weigh up the ability of the manager being able to manage a squad of this size, let alone increase it and still keep the players happy when they are not being selected for the matchday squad.
A great deal of managers at all levels have commented on this over the years and generally speaking, the conventional wisdom is that 23/24 is a maximum ideal squad size.


I have set the ground rules running along the lines that any new player coming in has to be match fit and ready to challenge for a berth in the match day squad and to enhance immediately the quality we already have.
We don’t have the luxury of taking our time to acclimatise them or get them match fit.


I have made it absolutely clear to the manager that we need to have a balanced and manageable squad and before l can consider bringing players in he will need to trim the current squad size of those who have had little or no game time of late



Kind regards,
Ken

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With 5 new players coming in  Ken seems to have changed his mind from 6 weeks ago, when he was talking about reducing the squad size.A bullshitter, albeit an articulate one, who makes it up as he goes along would be one way of describing it
My guess is he tried to move players on, but failed... hence, the larger squad.  Let's hope Parky can motivate these players and help us finish one point or more ahead of the relegation zone.

652 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 14:31

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Growler wrote:
Sluffy wrote:

Experience has taught me that January is not the best time to bring new faces in, as unlike the summer window when you have the pre-season to settle them in and become familiar with their new team mates, there is not sufficient time in January for this.
Basically, they have to be ready and able to hit the ground running and settle in immediately, which is not always possible if they have not been playing regularly and they need time to get match fit and sharp.


In our current situation this has never been more important, as we already have an eligible squad of 33 players and l have to weigh up the ability of the manager being able to manage a squad of this size, let alone increase it and still keep the players happy when they are not being selected for the matchday squad.
A great deal of managers at all levels have commented on this over the years and generally speaking, the conventional wisdom is that 23/24 is a maximum ideal squad size.


I have set the ground rules running along the lines that any new player coming in has to be match fit and ready to challenge for a berth in the match day squad and to enhance immediately the quality we already have.
We don’t have the luxury of taking our time to acclimatise them or get them match fit.


I have made it absolutely clear to the manager that we need to have a balanced and manageable squad and before l can consider bringing players in he will need to trim the current squad size of those who have had little or no game time of late



Kind regards,
Ken

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With 5 new players coming in  Ken seems to have changed his mind from 6 weeks ago, when he was talking about reducing the squad size.A bullshitter, albeit an articulate one, who makes it up as he goes along would be one way of describing it
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653 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 21:30

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I'm not trying to be condescending but when you ever negotiate anything you don't simply lay all your cards out on the table first.

Anderson, like any competent negotiator will spin, misdirect, evade, mislead and everything else it takes to get himself the upper hand in his dealings.

Also there is a dynamic to the process - the circumstances and positions people had six weeks ago have changed - in some instances massively - up to the present time.

Of course nothing I will ever say will change the mind of the anti-Anderson supporters - but if Anderson had said nothing six weeks ago and sold a striker for £6 million down (or that is what I'm reading into what Ken says above), someone who is admittedly playing well - but has been here for quite a while before when he has not - who had put in a transfer request already and wanted away - then we'd all think KA had done a brilliant job.

At the end of the day Anderson owns the club - it is his asset.

If he fucks it up - then he is simply fucking himself.

Doesn't it make more sense for him to find the best way to maximise his own asset?

Madine wanted to go - these days there's not much clubs can do to stop them.

Yes we have a big hole to fill now he's gone - but wouldn't we just be in the same position if he was made to stay and he through his toys out of the pram and reverted to playing shit again?

At least this way Anderson is £6 million up and able to compensate a little bit by bringing some new legs into the side.

Not ideal I'll grant you but its the best of a bad job - and non of our relegation rivals seem to have had a wonderful transfer window either.

654 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 21:54

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Look - he managed to get £6m for someone who will possibly go down as one of the worst strikers we've ever had. He deserves a pat on the back for that from everyone.

655 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Feb 01 2018, 22:01

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Sluffy wrote:I'm not trying to be condescending but when you ever negotiate anything you don't simply lay all your cards out on the table first.

Anderson, like any competent negotiator will spin, misdirect, evade, mislead and everything else it takes to get himself the upper hand in his dealings.

Also there is a dynamic to the process - the circumstances and positions people had six weeks ago have changed - in some instances massively - up to the present time.

Of course nothing I will ever say will change the mind of the anti-Anderson supporters - but if Anderson had said nothing six weeks ago and sold a striker for £6 million down (or that is what I'm reading into what Ken says above), someone who is admittedly playing well - but has been here for quite a while before when he has not - who had put in a transfer request already and wanted away - then we'd all think KA had done a brilliant job.

At the end of the day Anderson owns the club - it is his asset.

If he fucks it up - then he is simply fucking himself.

Doesn't it make more sense for him to find the best way to maximise his own asset?

Madine wanted to go - these days there's not much clubs can do to stop them.

Yes we have a big hole to fill now he's gone - but wouldn't we just be in the same position if he was made to stay and he through his toys out of the pram and reverted to playing shit again?

At least this way Anderson is £6 million up and able to compensate a little bit by bringing some new legs into the side.

Not ideal I'll grant you but its the best of a bad job - and non of our relegation rivals seem to have had a wonderful transfer window either.

If you had said someone would have offered 6 million quid for Madine a few months ago... you would have thought we found an insane buyer, and grabbed the money.  Madine scored more than anyone for us in quite some time... but he missed probably twice that number this season alone. If anyone thinks KA should not have taken a number like that, should be committed to an asylum. Madine probably should have had 15-20 already... how many sitters has he missed... or skied?  So he had a hot streak... that doesn't forecast what he will do in the second half of the season.  ITK says we have a striker lined up.  The aim this season is to finish at least one point ahead of the bottom three.  Is KA entitled to take the money and try to keep us up and sell on?  Of course... he kept us from going under.  If we are under embargo or not, it is his club.  But as Sluffy accurately says, KA stands to make more by staying up.  But please don't criticise KA for cashing in on a player we paid nothing for.  Let's instead hope he uses that money to help us stay up with a free agent or two.  I'll just be happy if we survive this season.

656 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Feb 06 2018, 17:48

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Looking back on last Friday’s victory over Bristol City, it really was extremely pleasing for everybody at the football club for a number of reasons.

Of course, beating a promotion-chasing side was one highlight, but mostly, and I am sure you will agree, it was hugely inspiring how the players dug in after a week of change at the football club.

Some people outside of the club even questioned the players’ ability, but I think I speak for everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers when I say that they certainly proved all of their doubters wrong with the performance they put in against Bristol City.

Here at this football club, we have a group of players who will quite literally fight tooth and nail for the Bolton Wanderers cause, and by putting in a display like they did last Friday in front of millions watching at home, they have sent out a statement of intent to the rest of the division and the rest of the footballing world.

I must also thank you for your incredible support and vociferous backing that night too – as the manager and players mentioned in their post-match interviews, it really made the world of difference, particularly in the second half of the game prior to and after Sammy Ameobi’s goal.

You turned Macron Stadium into a cauldron of noise that was extremely intimidating for the opposition and you could see on the faces of the Bristol City players just how much of a difference it made – they were visibly unnerved at times.

Please endeavour to create this type of atmosphere at all our remaining home games – you truly can make all the difference and you proved that last time out here.

That result meanwhile, coupled with the majority of results falling in our favour over the weekend, sees us currently sitting three points ahead of the bottom three.

Considering where we found ourselves at the end of September, it truly is an incredible achievement and it is one that we cannot rest on our laurels with – we must maintain our focus and pull ourselves even further away from the mire, starting this coming Saturday against Fulham.

I will be visiting our hospitality suites ahead of the game to meet and greet some of our supporters and answer any questions you may have.

As I have said on numerous occasions since I joined the football club, I will always endeavour to be as open and honest as possible with you, our fantastic supporters, and by holding visits such as this, I hope that our relationship can only become stronger.

We are a family club and with that in mind, we have held numerous player signing sessions in Bolton Central ahead of our home games this season to allow you and the team that you back unwaveringly throughout the campaign to have as strong a bond as possible.

Details of one ahead of this weekend's match meanwhile will be announced in the coming days.

Unity across the board is key to success, and if we all continue to sing from the same hymn sheet, then I am confident that we will achieve our collective dream of retaining our Sky Bet Championship status come May 6.

As always however, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.

Kind regards,

Ken

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657 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Feb 06 2018, 18:23

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Stunned that he hasn't patted himself on the back at least once for getting such a huge sum for a shithouse like Madine.

658 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Wed Feb 07 2018, 09:05

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Kane57 wrote:Stunned that he hasn't patted himself on the back at least once for getting such a huge sum for a shithouse like Madine.
He'll be wise to make sure we avoid relegation before crowing about selling the top scorer

659 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Wed Feb 07 2018, 10:09

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Growler wrote:
Kane57 wrote:Stunned that he hasn't patted himself on the back at least once for getting such a huge sum for a shithouse like Madine.
He'll be wise to make sure we avoid relegation before crowing about selling the top scorer
He didn't really have a choice. Madine handed in a transfer request. No point in keeping someone on the books who doesn't want to be there. It's bad for the dressing room, could start all sorts of problems.

660 Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Wed Feb 07 2018, 10:21

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I’m sorry but getting £6M for Gary Madine is astonishingly good business. Props to KA. He deserves a statue for that alone

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