‘It’s a shambles’ – EFL chairman offers his verdict on Bolton Wanderers saga

Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt has waded into the debate over Doncaster and Bolton’s postponed game, claiming that the uncertainty over the situation means nobody is a winner.

Bolton postponed their game with Doncaster at the beginning of the season over concerns about their young players’ welfare after starting the season with a youth team. League One’s opening few weeks were beset with problems, Bury’s matches being cancelled and a young Bolton team roundly thrashed by a number of clubs, some of whom will have an advantage in their relegation battles.

Holt, chairman of Accrington and one of the sides yet to face Bolton, was asked if he felt the club should have a points deduction for postponing their game.

“Once and for all, I DONT CARE,” he said when asked about the situation. “There should be one set of rules that applies to ALL clubs, that is straight forward, with immediately implemented punishments. That nobody knows what should happen shows what a joke shop the @EFL rules are.”

Holt believes the Trotters should not have been allowed to start the season, claiming the situation is a ‘shambles’.

“It’s a fact that @OfficialBWFC should not have been allowed to start the season with kids and in administration. It’s damaged proper competition AND @OfficialBWFC chances of survival this season. This was evidenced by Bolton not being able to play against @drfc_official which will likely lead to a further points deduction for your club.

“It was an awful decision by @EFL to let you start the season. It’s a shambles. I wish no harm to any club, especially local clubs. I’m fully aware of their importance to our towns and communities.”

Bolton are still in the dark over what sanctions, if any, they’ll receive for cancelling their game against Brentford at the end of last season, as well as the postponement from earlier this campaign.

Our View

Andy Holt speaks sense again. Bolton shouldn’t have been allowed to start the season, nor should Bury. Sadly, whatever the ramifications for these two clubs, if they weren’t ready to kick off they should have been excluded.

It’ll be interesting come to the end of the season if Gillingham or Tranmere stay up by virtue of their big 5-0 wins against young Bolton sides, at the expense of Wimbledon or Lincoln City.

Would there be legal implications? Perhaps not, but a few fans might be a bit more than irate. It’s got ‘Tevez / Sheffield United’ written all over it; unfair decisions possible resulting in one club’s demise over another.

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