Bolton Wanderers

Holdsworth Consortium Completes Trotters Takeover

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Mitchell Young reports on the latest takeover news at Bolton Wanderers… 

Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers has been sold for £7.5 million to the Sport Shield Group Consortium (SSGC) headed by former player Dean Holdsworth.

The 47-year-old striker, took charge of newly promoted Ryman Premier side Brentwood Town at the start of the season in a new challenge for the former Wimbledon man.

However, Holdsworth had to relinquish his position as manager due to his pursuit of other business ventures, which included the possible Trotters takeover as reported exclusively by Rising East back in November.

The SSGC will now take ownership of the club, pending consent from the Football League.

The club was due to appear in the High Court over unpaid taxes of £3m, but the case has been adjourned for a fortnight in order to complete the takeover.

Despite the adjournment Bolton could still face administration, if they does not pay the outstanding debt before the 14-day deadline.

The Trotters could also suffer a 12-point deduction, which would send the former Premier League side into League One.

Bolton board advisor, Trevor Birch confirmed during the hearing that a Sales and Purchase agreement was now in place.

Speaking to The Bolton News, Holdsworth, who’s set to become the new chairman said he’s, “honoured to be part of this club again”.


Holdsworth leaves Brentwood in pursuit of Bolton Takeover

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Mitchell Young reports on the shock departure of Dean Holdsworth at Non-League club Brentwood Town…

Dean Holdsworth steps down as manager of non-league club Brentwood Town just five months into his position due to business commitments.

The former Bolton Wanderers striker has been linked with a possible takeover of his former side in a consortium.

Other business commitments include, being the chief executive of the Non-League Footballers Association which was a factor in not being able to fully commit to the club – despite his positive start.

Holdsworth has had a decent start at the Essex club, overseeing Brentwood’s tough life in the Isthmian Ryman Premier League after promotion last season.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with a great chairman and people at the club, the players have been superb”, said Holdsworth after he spoke to the Brentwood Gazzette.

Brentwood currently sit 20th in the league six points off the relegation zone with a game in hand and go into a tough away fixture to AFC Bideford in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy at the weekend.

Big loss

Holdsworth made history during his short spell at the non-league club, as he took them to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time – before being knocked out to the lowest ranked team at the time Didcot Town.

George Borg one of Holdsworth’s coaching staff will be the Caretaker Manager for the long away trip to Devon on Saturday.

Brentwood Town’s official Twitter page said: “Dean Holdsworth has stepped down as manager of the club. A new appointment will be made in due course”.

“I still remain at the club in a role in which I can be involved, I didn’t want to let them down due to other commitments.” he added.

The ex-Wimbledon player will still remain at the club in a Director of Football role.

“It’s a big loss for Brentwood Town. Holdsworth brought a wealth of experience to the club and guided them to a successful start in the Ryan Premier Division.” said Brentwood Official Martin Voller.

“He helped recreate the excellent team spirit we saw under the previous management and we wish him well for the future.” He added.

Borg is certain to be one of the main contenders for the permanent role as manager and Assistant Manager Steve Portway may also join the shortlist of possible candidates.

Also as a fan Voller tweeted his interest in the managerial vacancy: “So I’ve seen four managers go at Brentwood Town FC. Just Appoint me already…I’ve a degree and everything! #NewGaffer”.