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Hi, I too have taken the Bolton Wanderers job and are top of league 2 with an 18 point lead over second place after 31 games. No major signings as there's no wages available due to no one wanting to buy my unwanted players...hope some money comes with promotion!

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2 hours ago, Unforced error said:

Hi, I too have taken the Bolton Wanderers job and are top of league 2 with an 18 point lead over second place after 31 games. No major signings as there's no wages available due to no one wanting to buy my unwanted players...hope some money comes with promotion!

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but finances won't get any better after promotion. Shift the expensive older players on (I'm looking at you, Matt Gilks and Eoin Doyle). There are some quality youngsters in your youth setup. Season 2, Hurford-Lockett, Ricky Crabb and Ryan Colvin are all featuring in my first team, and Dean Campbell is in the squad and will get minutes off the bench. Hurford-Lockett has been fantastic.

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An unbeaten December

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but we dominated the Wigan game, yet somehow needed a late goal just to get a point

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Fleetwood played over 20 minutes with 10 men, but we failed to make it count, or only goal coming from the penalty that led to the red card. 2 more costly points dropped

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We absolutely battered Burton, up until they scored, but again had to settle for a point

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and the League Table looks like this. If we'd taken the extra 6 points from those 3 games, we'd be 8th, and just 5 points off the playoffs. As it is, that gap is 11 points, and it's the gap to the relegation zone that's a more pressing concern.

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Loads more transfer activity than I expected in January

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as we brought Zach Clough back to the club

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and signed Carlton Morris to strengthen our striker options

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Youngster Raymond comes in in midfield

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and Trueman is brought in as first choice keeper

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10 points out of 12 normally represents a good month

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but we needed maximum points to cling to a slim chance of automatic promotion. As a consolation, Ipswich did win the game after we beat them, meaning we'd have missed out anyway. All that remains in the final match of the league is to find out who we will play in the playoffs

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Ahead of the playoff final, with my contract up in the summer, Bolton have offered me a new deal. I've turned it down for now, as if we go up, I'll be looking to move on. If we don't, I'll likely sign a new deal over the summer. Given that we've massively exceeded board demands, I'm certain they'll offer another contract if I want one

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Here is the end of season review

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We kick things off with signings. The one not shown is Zach Clough, who hasn't had the impact I'd hoped for

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Just look at that run in. To get to the playoffs after the start we had was unbelievable

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These were the games of the season

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and the board are pleased with the improvement in our still-dire finances

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This was our Team of the Season, although of course Connal Trueman is now first choice keeper, and Crellin probably won't be here next season

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One of our own was League 1 Player of the Year

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and the press seem happy with the way things have gone

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It was a no from Villa as well. I keep getting asked in interviews about poor management of club finances, yet I'm under wage budget, and have been since early last season. The club was almost bankrupt when I arrived. What more am I supposed to do?

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We made one signing ahead of the new season (although on the eve of our first league game, I'm trying to bring in a striker on loan). A further 7 players have moved on, either permanently or on loan

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Mastny should be a good goalkeeper in the Championship

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and although there is some decent talent in the squad, we have no depth up front

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On 06/12/2020 at 17:13, Northernpilgrim said:

It was a no from Villa as well. I keep getting asked in interviews about poor management of club finances, yet I'm under wage budget, and have been since early last season. The club was almost bankrupt when I arrived. What more am I supposed to do?

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Be the team's "Sugar Daddy"!

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10 hours ago, abulezz said:

Already getting interviews lined up - when the time to move on comes, you won't have any issue. 

I'm listed as favourite for the Birmingham job. Should know tonight if I've got it

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