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    Bolton Wanderers: Kevin Nolan and Kevin Davies on club's 'heartbreaking' plight


    Kevin Nolan says he is "heartbroken" by Bolton Wanderers' plight, while fellow former Bolton star Kevin Davies fears more clubs may face administration.

    Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season with a 12-point deduction in League One.

    The club have set up an emergency food bank with donations from local businesses to help staff who have not yet been paid their April salaries.

    The Trotters were the first EFL club to enter administration for six years.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if there were one or two more, with other clubs that have been to court recently," 42-year-old former striker Davies told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    • Relegated Bolton enter administration

    "There's an overriding factor about the way football clubs have been run.

    "The EFL, the PFA [Professional Footballers' Association] and the FA need to look at this a little more closely, because outside the Premier League it can be very difficult for clubs to maintain the sort of sustainability that everyone is trying to achieve."

    Davies scored 73 goals in 351 league appearances for Bolton over a far more successful spell in the club's history between 2003 and 2013.

    'A sorry state of affairs'

    Ex-midfielder Nolan, who made 257 league starts for the club where he started his career as a trainee in the 1990s, hopes Wanderers entering administration can prove to be the start of a positive chapter.

    "All of us who love the club, we're hoping this is now the start of something and [the club] can look forward again," Nolan added.

    "To be putting food banks up is a sorry state of affairs. It's heartbreaking to see. I'm still very close with a lot of people there behind the scenes.

    "There are people who have been there through thick and thin for Bolton who are now having to rely on food banks to make ends meet – it's so sad.

    "I'm hoping this administration can get the club back on an even keel. It's a special club. We had some special times and I hope this is the start of more special things to come."

    For the food bank, businesses have helped provide toiletries and nappies, as well as tinned goods, pasta, rice, freezer meals, frozen vegetables and bread.

    And the Community Trust have also been given assistance from within the wider football community, including an unnamed Championship club believed to be Preston North End.

    Players are still owed wages for March and April, while the club could face further sanctions from the EFL after their final home match of the season against Brentford was ultimately called off when the playing staff went on strike over going unpaid.

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    Bolton Wanderers appoint administrators


    Bolton have announced the appointment of Paul Appleton and Asher Miller of David Rubin and Partners as the club's joint administrators.

    Wanderers filed their notice of intention to appoint administrators last week after a recent winding-up order was adjourned at an Insolvency and Companies Court hearing in London.

    "The decision was finally made for the appointments which it is hoped will ensure the continued existence of the club, one of the founding members of the Football League," read a club statement on their official website.

    "It has got to the stage where the Trust could not sit back and allow the club to go into liquidation. Decisive action had to be taken and the Trust believes the decision is in the best interests of Bolton Wanderers."

    Aldershot Town were the last EFL side to go into administration in 2013.

    Administration would see Wanderers, currently managed by Phil Parkinson, begin next season in League One with a 12-point penalty.

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    Burnley: Andre Gray and Michael Keane sales help club record £36.6m profit


    The sales of Andre Gray and Michael Keane helped Burnley to a record £36.6m profit for the year ending June 2018.

    Striker Gray, 27, was sold to Watford for about £18.5m, while defender Keane, 26, joined Everton for a fee up to £30m in 2017.

    Burnley's previous record profit was the £30.1m posted in June 2015.

    The Premier League club, who finished seventh last season, are 17th and two points above the relegation zone with seven games of this campaign left.

    Burnley's turnover increased from £121m to £138.9m for the 2017-18 season, while wages went from £61m to £81m.

    "We continued to invest in new playing talent whilst trading players where we felt that they might be at, or close to, the peak of their value," said Burnley chairman Mike Garlick.

    "As we hopefully continue to maintain our Premier League status going forward, the above will form a key part of our strategy and, in the main, we will purchase players who improve the quality and competitiveness of our first team and are able to technically develop further and grow in value."

    NB Burley are currently in 17th place on 30 points, two points ahead of Cardiff who are in the final relegation place.

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    Blackburn, Bolton and Birmingham: Seven charts showing how Championship clubs reached this point

    Financial issues and Championship football clubs beginning with 'B' appear to go hand-in-hand.

    Take Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers – two of English football's historical giants. Famous old north-west clubs and founding members of the Football League with 10 FA Cups between them.

    Yet in recent days, one faced a winding up order and the other posted record losses just a few years after both lost their places among the Premier League elite.

    And then there is Birmingham City, who on Friday were deducted nine points for a breach of profitability and sustainability rules.

    In seven charts, football finance expert Kieran Maguire assesses how the three clubs got to this point – and asks if there are lessons other clubs can learn from them.

    Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47691385
    Kieran Maguire is a lecturer in football finance analysis at the University of Liverpool where he teaches on the Football Industries MBA course.

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    Portbhoy 24th March 2019 at 11:05

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    Les Rangers plongent
    14 juin

    La situation financière précaire des Rangers était un secret de polichinelle depuis longtemps. Cela n'a toutefois pas atténué la portée du choc lorsque le club, après 140 ans d'existence et son record de 54 titres de champion, a été placé en liquidation à la mi-juin. Le géant de Glasgow a ensuite vu à nouveau le jour sous la forme d'une nouvelle société et a pu débuter la saison 2012/13 en quatrième division écossaise. Les pensionnaires d'Ibrox sont actuellement premiers de leur championnat, avec neuf points d'avance et un match disputé de moins.

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    The precarious financial situation of the Rangers was an open secret for a long time. This did not, however, lessen the impact of the shock when the club, after 140 years of existence and its record of 54 championship titles, was placed in liquidation in mid-June. The Glasgow giant then saw the day again as a new company and was able to start the 2012/13 season in the Scottish Fourth Division. The residents of Ibrox are currently top of their league, with nine points ahead and a disputed match less.

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    Stephen Halliday: Rod Petrie’s apparent run to SFA presidency is a worry


    After Thursday’s fiasco in Kazakhstan, those Tartan Army foot soldiers who somehow remain resolutely committed to following Scotland wherever they go must be eyeing their remaining travel itineraries on the Euro 2020 campaign trail with a sense of dread.

    If we can still assume that even Alex McLeish’s beleaguered squad will avoid further damage to their battered reputation when they face the world’s worst international team in San Marino tomorrow, then the next road trip with the potential for serious pain for Scotland supporters comes on 11 June.

    That’s when the Scots will face the brilliant Belgian side currently No 1 in the Fifa world rankings. But if that’s a date to be approached with genuine foreboding, it’s a less trailed event on the Scottish football calendar 24 hours later which could be just as significant in the ongoing malaise which has enveloped the country’s national team.

    On 12 June, the Scottish FA will hold its annual general meeting where, as things stand, Rod Petrie is poised to be elected unopposed as the governing body’s new president.

    There remains a possibility someone may lay down a challenge to the Hibernian chairman’s right of accession to the role. Rival candidates have until 31 March to lodge their intention to stand against Petrie and it’s understood there are some on Hampden’s sixth floor, perhaps further down the corridor in the offices of the Scottish Professional Football League, who are keen to see a contest rather than a simple coronation.

    Because for many of those keen to see progressive change at the top of Scottish football, Petrie is perceived as very much part of the problem. He was instrumental in the appointment of McLeish as national team manager in February last year, a recruitment process which became excruciatingly ham-fisted after the protracted and failed bid to persuade No 1 target Michael O’Neill to take the job.

    The decision to give it to McLeish, who had been out of work for almost two years, left the Scotland support underwhelmed to say the least. On the evidence of the execrable performance and defeat in Kazakhstan, it now looks like a major error of judgment on Petrie’s part.

    A member of the Scottish FA board since 2007, his path to the presidency has been mapped out for some time. But if they hope to rid themselves of their cliched image as an old boys’ network, then the established practice of simply passing the chains of office down the line should be stopped.

    That might be acceptable if being president of the Scottish FA was purely a ceremonial role. It isn’t. It is a position of considerable influence, including holding the casting vote in the event of a tied vote among the Scottish FA board of directors who are the final authority on any major decisions – including the hiring and firing of managers.

    Those who championed the credentials of Ian Maxwell when he was appointed chief executive of the Scottish FA last May painted the picture of a forward-thinking reformer, someone who could shake up the administration of the game for the better.

    The former Partick Thistle managing director has kept a relatively low profile while getting his feet under the table at Hampden. In fairness to Maxwell, his in-tray included myriad other legacy issues to deal with, including the future of the national stadium itself and the review of historical cases of child abuse.

    But like all of his predecessors as chief executive, Maxwell will ultimately be judged on the success or otherwise of the men’s national team. He inherited the appointment of McLeish but must lead the process of finding a replacement for him when the time comes, perhaps now sooner rather than later.

    It is Maxwell’s neck which will be on the line and he may well be asking himself if the system of hierarchy at the Scottish FA is fit for purpose in an organisation which had a turnover of £38.4 million last year.

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, who stepped down from the Scottish FA board two years ago, publicly raised exactly that question in the wake of Stewart Regan’s resignation as chief executive last year.

    While Lawwell insisted there was nothing to be gained by “personalising” the issue, there was little doubt who he was referring to when he criticised those “who have presided over the SFA for a number of years” and called for a restructuring at the top of the organisation.

    If Petrie simply ascends unchallenged to the presidency on 12 June, then any hope Lawwell or anyone else harbours for meaningful change in the way Scottish football is run will probably remain unfulfilled.



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    Scotland: How does Alex McLeish stack up a year after first game in charge?
    By Stefan Bienkowski BBC Sport Scotland