Bolton offered new hope.
Bolton Wanderers owner Ken Anderson has told reporters how he has received two serious takeover offers with substantial backing willing to emulate Derby County owner Mel Morris’s investment, the Bolton News report.
“I have always said that if someone comes along with the funds to take the club forward, I would have no problem. And we are talking here about people with substantial funding,” Anderson explained.
“Unfortunately I have not got that kind of money but using Derby County as an example, their owner [Mel Morris] has put in something approaching £200m, Brighton was £160m when they got promotion, and that’s the kind of backing we’re talking here. What happens now is down to them.”
Derby County owner Mel Morris is an influential figure in the Championship and a well-respected owner following the incredible investment he has put into his boyhood club.
Morris took over the club around 2014, and since his arrival the club have broken their transfer record three times, with Matej Vydra arriving for a fee around £8 million (BBC) in 2016 before being sold last summer to Burnley for a profit.
Aside from spending some £50 million or more on new players since becoming Derby owner, Morris has improved the club’s academy to category one status and also invested in the area surrounding Pride Park.
The Trotters are someway behind the likes of Derby, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough in terms of financial power in the Championship, and until fresh investment comes, returning to the top-flight will be a struggle.