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Bolton's new chief executive Dean Holdsworth is optimistic about the club's future

Bolton's new chief executive and former captain of the club, Dean Holdsworth, says he hopes this week's takeover will inspire the team to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Holdsworth is part of the Sports Shield consortium which completed its purchase of the club this week, saving Wanderers from administration.


Watch: Tributes paid to Bolton chairman Phil Gartside

Phil Gartside sadly passed away yesterday, and today we've been hearing from those who worked closely with him.

Former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce described the news as 'devasting'.

Meanwhile the club's current manager Neil Lennon hopes his players can honour the long-serving chairman by avoiding relegation from the Championship.

Chris Hall reports.


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
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