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Bolton stars past and present pay tribute to Phil Gartside

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Bolton players past and present were among those to pay tribute to long-serving chairman Phil Gartside, who has died at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.

On the Wanderers board since 1988, Gartside served as club chairman from 1999 until stepping away from his duties in November due to illness.

Sports stars and celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute.

Wigan forward Craig Davies, who left Bolton last summer, said: "Sad to hear about Phil Gartside was always a top bloke with me. My thoughts are with his family".

Birmingham left-back Paul Robinson, who played for Bolton between 2009 and 2012, posted: "So sad hearing the news that Phil Gartside has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family #RIP #bwfc".

Andy O'Brien, a Wanderers signing back in 2007, said: "RIP Phil Gartside @OfficialBWFC".

Rob Hall, currently on loan at MK Dons, tweeted: "Thoughts go to Phil Gartside's family! Was a great man and always great towards me! @OfficialBWFC".

Bolton announce death of chairman Phil Gartside

Phil Gartside dies at age of 63 Credit: PA

Phil Gartside, the chairman at Bolton Wanderers Football Club has died from cancer at the age of 63.

Gartside had been in the role for 16 years, after joining the board in 1988.

He spent 10 years as chairman while the club enjoyed Premier League success and two Uefa Cup campaigns.

The Championship side's vice chairman said in a statement:

"Phil has been a personal friend for more than 30 years. This is a very sad day for everyone. We send our deepest condolences to all Phil's family."

– Club's vice chairman

Football executive Trevor Birch took over Bolton's negotiations from Gartside recently after his health worsened.

Birch has been trying to to find a buyer as owner Eddie Davies wants to sell, with the club £172.9m in debt.

Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust wants to buy the financially-troubled club, who are second bottom of the Championship.


Bolton Wanderers' staff may not get paid for January

Pay row: Bolton Wanderers Credit: PA

Bolton Wanderers Football Club has released a statement saying that, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the club’s current funding position, it has been unable to confirm to its staff today whether they will receive their wages for the month of January.

It said:

"Every effort continues to be made by the board of directors and its advisers to pay staff and also resolve the longer term funding issue during what remains a difficult and challenging time for the football club."

– Bolton Wonderers Football Club


Bolton Wanderers appoint Republic of Ireland's Steve Walford as assistant manager

Former Sunderland and Republic of Ireland assistant Steve Walford has been appointed the new Bolton assistant manager Credit: PA Images

Republic of Ireland coach Steve Walford has been confirmed as the new assistant manager at Bolton.

The Sky Bet Championship club were looking for a new number two to Neil Lennon after Johan Mjallby left for family reasons and have elected to go with one of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's long-time confidants.

Bolton manager Lennon said:

"He's worked with Martin O'Neill for the last 20-25 years. I had 10 years under him as a player with him, Martin and John Robertson."

"He's currently first-team coach with Republic of Ireland, and he will continue those duties."

"He knows the way I work. He knows my personality and vice versa. He's got a wealth of experience, from League One, League Two, Championship, Premier League, Scotland, Europe, Champions League, international level - he's coached at every spectrum of the game."

"I'm very fortunate that he's agreed to come and really grateful for Martin for giving us this opportunity as well."

"We've kept in touch over the years. I've got a huge respect for him, he had a huge influence on my career, as did Martin. I basically learned the top end of the game from them guys. He's looking forward to the challenge - it's fantastic for us."

– Neil Lennon, Bolton manager

Liverpool sign Bolton's Bogdan

Liverpool have signed goalkeeper Adam Bogdan from Bolton Credit: PA Images

Liverpool have made their third signing of the summer with Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, another free agent, agreeing terms.

The 27-year-old Hungary international's contract with Wanderers, for whom he made more than 100 Premier League appearances, expires at the end of the month and he will officially join the Reds on July 1.

Bogdan's arrival follows that of Manchester City midfielder James Milner and Burnley striker Danny Ings, also both out of contract.

Bolton Wanderers welcome back Eidur Gudjohnsen

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed Eidur Gudjohnsen will wear number 22 when he returns for the club.

The popular Iceland striker was a hit in his first spell at Wanderers, and the club have welcomed him back on social media.

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