Bolton receive takeover offer with promise of emulating Derby County owner Mel Morris's substantial investment

General view of the Macron Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bolton, England.

Bolton offered new hope.

A general view of Macron Stadium prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Bolton Wanderers and Northampton Town at Macron Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Bolton, England.

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.

Matej Vydra of Derby celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby, England.

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 Rams are all set up to be a Premier League club and sustain themselves there, and that’s the goal for Bolton who spent over a decade in the top-flight before their relegation in May 2012.

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.

Derby chairman Mel Morris looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Derby County at Cardiff City Stadium on September 27, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

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