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Bolton MPs vow to help Wanderers - whatever the future holds

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Bolton's MPs have vowed to help Wanderers – whatever the future holds.

Concern over the club’s future has prompted the town’s politicians to pledge their assistance in either finding a new buyer, potential investors or raising their problems with central government.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, was present at Monday night’s fans’ forum and has said she will look to use her influence to open doors for the club going forward.

“Our club was one of the founding members of the league and the first goal was scored at Pike’s Lane, in my constituency,” she said.

“I grew up in Watford. They went from the Fourth Division up to the Premier League, then went crashing out again, and now it’s back, doing so well reaching a cup final.

“Stories like that, and Portsmouth, show that this club should be able to go forward as well.

“The connections I have, the people I can reach, I will speak to them and try to see if I can help with the fundraising and find someone who can actually buy this club, making it back into what it was not that long ago.”

David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East called for reform of the EFL, whose directors and owners test has come in for criticism this season as the future of several clubs hangs in the financial balance.

“I am pleased to hear that fans are coming together to discuss the club’s future and find a way forward,” he said.

“As always it will be the fans who will protect the football club for future generations. It is clear to everyone that the current ownership under Ken Anderson is not in the best interests of the club but it is very frustrating that little appears to have been done to prevent this situation.

“I believe the club, with its history and assets is a fantastic opportunity for the right owner but we must ensure we do not jump from the frying pan into the fire.

“The EFL bear a lot of responsibility for the current mess, as they do with other clubs in the football league. There clearly needs to be a radical rethink of the way our national game is funded from the top to the bottom.

“I have been campaigning for years for more of the Premier League TV money to be given to grassroots football, while there has been some success on that, I know how unwilling to change the big powerbrokers can be.”

Chris Green, MP for Bolton West and Atherton, has also taken an active role in raising Wanderers’ plight at national level.

“With my fellow Bolton MPs I have written an open letter to the EFL regarding the inadequacies of their ‘fit and proper test’ for club owners,” he said. “I have also written to Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport, to raise this case as a matter of urgency. “Bolton Wanderers Football Club plays such a vital role in the life of our town and it is disgraceful that it has been allowed to be so mismanaged.”

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