Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers – BBC Sport

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - BBC Sport

No deal at Wanderers as takeover bid is OFF

THE much-anticipated takeover of Wanderers is OFF, with the prospective buyers pulling out of the deal.

Supporters have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Football Ventures (Whites) consortium taking the majority shareholding and bringing to a close the often-controversial tenure of Ken Anderson.

Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers meet this weekend in a titanic battle at the bottom of the Championship.

However, The Bolton News understands that, despite talks reaching an advanced stage, the four-strong consortium headed by Parminder Basran and Sharon Brittan has ended its interest in buying overall control of the club.

The on-loan Everton defender spent last term with the Wanderers, helping them to secure their Championship status in dramatic fashion on the final day.

Bolton could well require similar heroics this term, after spending much of the campaign in the mire.

But with Latics having gradually tumbled from third spot in the table in late September to a seasonal low of fourth bottom at present, Robinson and his team-mates badly need a result themselves to keep their own heads above water.

There wont be any question of split loyalties on the day, not at all! Robinson told the Wigan Post.

Robinson has looked on with the same incredulity as everyone else as Boltons off-field dramas have overshadowed matters on the field.

Obviously theres been a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes, everyone knows about it, and its unfortunate.

Theyve got a great set of lads, quite a few I know from last year, plus some lads I know from Everton who are on loan.

Theyre all doing their best while all this is going on, and I wish them all the best and hope it works out.

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