[A]mir Khan would be proud. As double whammies go, fans of Bolton Wanderers have been on the receiving end of two sledgehammers this January. First, after several years of heavy punishment on the financial front, the latest body blow landed as the club's parent company Burnden Leisure Limited announced a new high for its debt of Â£163.
[T]he stethoscope we have applied to the Football League over the past week has revealed a not altogether satisfactory heartbeat and the fact that the weaknesses section of our study has been easily the most read does indicate that there is concern for the competition's health among supporters.
[T]onight, Watford travel to Leicester City at the onset of a nail biting weekend of Football League fixtures. With a great many issues still hanging in the balance, our two founding bloggers, Lloyd and Lanterne Rouge convened to discuss the prospects: ... Lanterne Rouge: As a Plymouth fan, you've mentioned to me that you are still worried about the drop - it's quite possible mathematically but will take a chain reaction of perhaps sub-nuclear proportions for Argyle to go down to the Football League.
Legendary teams are remembered as exactly that. Sure, there are individuals who may have led those teams to greatness, but a truly great team is remembered for decades to come, long after those players have hung up their boots.
Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing today sealed a permanent move away from the club, joining Championship side Bolton Wanderers. Spearing spent last season on loan with Bolton, but has now made the move permanent after making 15 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League during the 2011/12 season.
Jay Spearing to Bolton? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jay Spearing was built for the English Championship. Having progressed through the Liverpool academy to make a number of appearances for the first team, last season Liverpool gave him the clearest sign yet that he wasn't going to make it.
Bolton is still trying to sign Liverpool's Jay Spearing, manager Dougie Freedman has revealed. The midfielder made 39 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season after finding his first-team opportunities at Anfield limited. Freedman admitted earlier in July that a deal was unlikely to be concluded as Bolton could not match Liverpool's valuation of the 24-year-old and, while he concedes that negotiations are not going well, the former Crystal Palace boss remains keen to sign Spearing on a permanent basis.
You don't become Le Sulk without being a pretty moody so-and-so. Even after signing a nice new contract to return to the Premier League, Nicolas Anelka was unable to lift the gloom. The Frenchman agreed a deal to join West Brom on a one-year contract. The Baggies become his sixth Premier League club, joining Arsenal, [.
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[A]fter a 25-year absence, Newport County returned to the Football League in May with an extraordinary play-off final win over Wrexham. For a club who were wound up, reformed and exiled to Gloucestershire in the intervening years, it is a phenomenal and heart-warming achievement. What's more, they actually look half-decent, and we certainly wouldn't bet against them to carry last season's winning form into League 2 and trouble the top 10.
[A] look at the Professional Footballers' Association list of out of contract and available players becomes more depressing by the year, even if there are Premier League outcasts aplenty whose current availability is often more a consequence of protracted contract negotiations and a choice of suitors.
[T]he hubbub engulfing our League 1 and League 2 previews this week has highlighted the sensitivity of the average football fan. Now it's time for the Championship, a division in which, contrary to appearances, not quite all the teams start with B. Barnsley The high farce of the Tykes' last minute escape against Huddersfield confirmed David Flitcroft's emergence as one of the Football League's most promising managers in April but there will be a nervousness about the season to come â€“ a horrific 6-0 home defeat against Charlton sat amid a bevy of notable results in the run in and.
Ryo Miyaichi was a player that I think gave every Arsenal fan a tad of excitement. Maybe not the most skilful or amazing player that would change a game in an instant but his raw speed just gave us the feeling that something amazing could happen at any moment, much like the feel you got when you first saw Theo Walcott play for Arsenal, or Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, even Serge Gnabry.
It is fair to say that the Japanese international Ryo Miyaichi has not had the best of times since joining Arsenal at the start of 2011. Over two years later, the winger has made just two appearances for the Gunners and they were in the league cup. He has been out on loan for most of that time, though, and has impressed his bosses at Feyenoord, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, where his latest spell was ravaged by injury.
Unfortunately, it's been a wasted season for young winger Ryo Miyaichi. The 20-year-old Japanese international has been out on loan with fellow Premier League club Wigan since the start of the campaign and things certainly haven't gone well for him. Miyaichi has now been loaned out to Dutch club Feyenoord as well as Bolton and Wigan in the last three seasons and it's arguable if he's been developing or not.
[O]f all the categories this year, our opinion formers were most divided on this. Sure, the collection of silverware is all important but it's as much about the raw materials and how far they are stretched. Hence, a number of bosses deserve credit for exceeding expectations - those gentlemen who chose to forget this when assessing Nigel Adkins and last year's winner Brian McDermott would do well to take note.
[B]olton's season, much like the Championship as a whole, has been a tad erratic, Lion of Vienna Suite's Mark Yesilevskiy writes... A slow start; inconsistency; away woes; points dropped from winning positions; and runs of form have defined the Trotters in 2012-13. All told, it's been a season of phases.
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden could soon feature in the national team according to USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann. The midfielder last made a competitive appearance for the national team back in 2010. He suffered a broken leg while playing for the national team and he has been on the road to recovery since then.
Fabrice Muamba's career was cut short after he collapsed on the pitch while playing for Bolton against Tottenham at White Hart Lane two seasons ago. The former Birmingham and Arsenal man was 'dead' for 78 minutes before his heart regained its strength and started beating again.
Muamba has since stepped away from the game on a playing level, but still remains involved as an ambassador.
Bolton have reversed their decision to enter a two-year shirt sponsorship agreement with QuickQuid less than two weeks after announcing the deal with the payday loan company. Public outcry and a petition started by fans of the club prompted Bolton's quick rethink.
From the club's official website:
The club have taken on board feedback from our fan base and following discussions between Chairman Phil Gartside and several local and national politicians, including Leader of Bolton Council Cliff Morris, will no longer be entering into a sponsorship agreement with QuickQuid.
[I]t's been a fine season for flops across the divisions. Unfair though it may be, many a neutral has taken pleasure at the continued turmoil at Blackburn Rovers over the past 12 months and one of our regulars particularly cited Danny Murphy's role in their ongoing decline. Having arrived with great expectations, the Rovers captain not only failed to lead the Lancastrians back to the Premier League but also found himself stripped of the armband under Michael Appleton.
Benik Afobe. A player which both Arsenal fans and manager Arsene Wenger once had very high hopes for, but now he seems to be nothing more than the other Arsenal youth players that struggle. His continuous loan deals and struggles with fitness look set to make him the next in line for the failed youth players, which is now rising to an extraordinary amount.
Toronto FC came very close to adding a quality striker to partner with Robert Earnshaw, but their quest to build a potent strike tandem has fallen short after word that Kevin Davies move from Bolton to TFC has fallen apart.
Bolton announced on Wednesday that Davies will be staying with the Trotters, with the Bolton News reporting that a "contractual glitch" prevented Davies from completing the transfer.