Club guide: Bolton Wanderers

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Title: 5,000-1 Relegation: 9-2 Sack Race: 14-1



M Alonso (Real Madrid, £2m), T Eaves (Oldham, undisclosed), R Blake (Burnley, free), I Klasnic (unattached, free), M Petrov (Man City, free)

total spent: £2m


N Hunt (Bristol City, free), R Vaz Te (released)

total made: £0m

Player to watch

Martin Petrov. Never given as many opportunities as he merited at City, the Bulgarian winger, quick and clever, should prove a useful acquisition.

Squad worries

Lack of goals; the under-rated Matt Taylor was leading League scorer with only eight. Kevin Davies will hope to benefit from service by Petrov.

Manager speak

Owen Coyle’s defection from local rivals Burnley in mid-season proved a sound if hard-hearted professional decision.

Story of the summer

The precarious season-long dalliance with relegation last season left Trotters fans hoping for a quiet summer, and that is exactly what they got. Coyle’s hopes of securing Jack Wilshere on another loan came to nothing.

Last season 14th

In danger under Gary Megson, revived by Coyle.

This season 11th

Should be comfortable and can maintain upward push.