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Former Watford owner close to taking over Bolton – reckons can get them in PL within three years

Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini is close to taking over troubled Bolton Wanderers and has suggested he can get them back in the Premier League within three years.

He was talking to Jim White on talkSPORT on Friday morning just days after he was present at a High Court hearing over the club’s unpaid tax bill.

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Speaking to Jim White on Friday, Bassini responded to Jordan’s claims and insisted he will fund a big rebuild job with the aim to get Bolton back to the Premier League within three years.

“If it wasn’t my love and affection for football and this club, I wouldn’t be coming back,” Bassini said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

“I think Bolton is a great, great club. I looked at it two years ago before Mr Anderson. They’re a great club and they deserve more. I think they have the potential to return to the top.

“I very rarely do interviews, in fact this is one of the first times I’ve ever done an interview because I just don’t do them.

“But I think the Bolton fans deserve more and need to know and feel safe, and that’s the reason I’m doing this interview.

“Bolton needs a good infrastructure, and if that infrastructure can be put into this club and if the right people are brought in now…

“I don’t know if we’ll survive this season. I’m hoping we do, but if we go down we’ll be putting a large sum of money in to bring them straight back up and then obviously a plan for them to get back into the Premier League.

“My plan is simple – if we go down it will be a three-year plan, if we stay up it’ll be a two-year plan to get them back into the Premier League.

“The money is available, I just need to have two or three things checked out with Mr Anderson and the club and then we’ll go forward, but we are very close in the coming week.”


The news on Bassini is not all that great news however as the former Watford owner has been bankrupt twice but also was given a three year ban ‘from being involved in a position of authority with any English Football League club in 2013.’

He ended up being found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty over financial dealings with the Vicarage Road club.


After learning of what Bassini had to say plus the plans on him taking over Bolton, fans took to social media to give their reaction with many negative on it all – check out what they had to say on the next page.


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