New Bolton Wanderers owner Sharon Brittan says it is “not an impossible dream” to avoid relegation, despite being 16 points from safety.
Brittan led the Football Ventures (Whites) Limited takeover that saved the Trotters from possible liquidation.
“We have to be real – the three-year plan is [initially] that were going to do everything that we can to fight to stay up this season,” Brittan said.
She told BBC Radio Manchester: “Its not an impossible dream – its a tall order but its not impossible.”
Bolton have failed to score in their opening five league games, and have not played in the competition since making nine deadline-day signings.
Businesswoman Brittan was introduced to the club in December and recalls when the protracted takeover went through.
“We were in an office in London and we made so much noise and screaming that apparently there was a complaint lobbied against us for getting overexcited,” she said.
“I have been asked many times did you feel like giving up when it was clearly very complex. If Im honest with you no I didnt – but there were definitely times when I thought this is incredibly stressful.”
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The EFL have been criticised by some, who say their fit and proper person test for prospective owners needs to be more stringent.
Bolton are in the early stages of a new dawn under Brittan and her Football Ventures consortium while the Shakers were kicked out of the EFL after Steve Dale failed to find a buyer.
But Brittan defended the league, saying executive chair Debbie Jevans was “incredibly professional and supportive”, and “an absolute delight to work with”.
The near neighbours’ financial problems ran alongside one another over the summer months but ended up with very different outcomes.
“The experience that I had with the EFL is that they very carefully scrutinised and looked at myself, my partner, my investors, our business plan – everything,” she added.
Boltons near-neighbours Bury were last month expelled from the Football League after their own takeover bid collapsed, with the Shakers now hoping to be reinstated into League Two next season.
Asked if she would vote to allow them back into the league, Brittan said: “I would, yes – I dont want to see any club being expelled from the Football League ever again.”
THE EFL carefully scrutinised every aspect of Football Ventures’ takeover of Wanderers, according to chairman Sharon Brittan.
The league have come under fire for their procedures after the serious financial problems at both Bolton and Bury in recent months.
The Whites are in the early days of a new era but the Shakers are fighting for their future after becoming the first club to be expelled from the Football League since 1992.
Questions have been asked about the league’s owners’ and directors’ test, but Brittan says stringent checks were made ahead of the protracted takeover being completed to take Wanderers out of administration.