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The Championship


Hopes grow at Bolton

Hopes of a deal to save Bolton Wanderers are growing.   The club is perilously close to going into administration, leading to a points deduction and almost certain relegation to League One.

However, four parties have a serious interest in buying the club and it may be possible to conclude a deal by early next week.  

A Bolton problem or a north-west problem?

Half of the twelve clubs that formed the Football League in 1888 were from the north-west of England.   Along with the Midlands, it was the cradle of English football.   No London clubs were among the original founders.

Bolton's situation is perilous

Bolton's situation has become more complicated after it was revealed that chairman Phil Gartside is seriously ill.   The club enjoyed eleven years in the Premiership under his leadership, but have found life more difficult after their return to the Championship where they are currently bottom of the table.

The club has debts of £170m and there is no money available even for a single loan deal.  The search is on for new investors, but they are currently thin on the ground and there are other clubs on the market such as Wolves.

The use of television to protest

Paul Breen discusses how fans are using live televised games to make a point.   At Middlesbrough, it was a 'Save Our Steel' campaign.   Elsewhere, Charlton and Leeds fans are increasingly cooperating over the mismanagement of their clubs with Addicks supporters hoping to make use of a live televised game against Ipswich Town on Saturday week.

Scarves as symbols of protest

Paul Breen discusses how scarves have been adopted as symbols of protest by football fans.   This was started with the green and gold protest at Manchester United.   It didn't dislodge the Glazers, but it did give a boost to the supporters' trust.    The tactic was also adopted by Arsenal fans over the issue of high ticket prices.

Cortese considers Leeds takeover

Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese is considering a takeover of Leeds United.  He is contemplating an attempt to buy out Massimo Cellino.

Not without reason, Cortese believes that Leeds could be a leading force in English football.  They have been in the past and Leeds is a regional capital within the Northern Powerhouse that the government is boosting.  This may be more rheotoric than substance, but Leeds as a city is prospering. At the moment, however, there is no real crossover between the club and the city it represents.

Lorimer gives Cellino vote of confidence

Peter Lorimer has given Leeds owner Massimo Cellino a vote of confidence, saying that he can get things right if he is given time.   Too many owners have been chased away from Leeds United, according to Lorimer.

Could Leeds be sold to fans?

The Leeds Fans Utd supporters group says that it has reached 'an agreement in principle' to purchase Massimo Cellino's majority stake in the club.   Unfortunately, there may be quite a gap between the principle and its execution in practice.

Static turnover at Charlton but club under threat

Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet is far from popular with fans of the South-East London club. Yesterday he authorised the sacking of the third manager from his European 'network', Guy Luzon. Charlton are currently in the relegation positions in the Championship.

Former Leeds boss loses court action

A former managing durector of Leeds United has been ordered to pay more than £121,500 in costs to a London lawyer he accused of 'human trafficking'.  

David Haigh brought a private prosecution against his former business partner Peter Gray alleging that he conspired with two colleagues to entice him to Dubai with the false promise of a job.  He was then arrested and sentenced to two years' imprisonment for embezzlement and breach of trust.