As Bolton relegated Dean Holdsworth asks fans to stick together
Whites legend John McGinlay, who was part of the team promoted from that division 16 years ago, told the BBC: “This has been a long time coming. I’m gutted. I’m sitting here lost for words. It’s been a tough season.”
Fans took to social media to bemoan the team’s demise.
@bwfctalk said: “I hate the bulk of this current crop of #bwfc players – going down with a whimper and a simply could care less attitude. No fight at all.”
Emma Davies, wife of former Whites captain Kevin Davies, tweeted: “Very sad day #bwfc.”
David Walton said: “40 years a Wanderer, never seen a team of quitters like this. How they can take their money I don't know.”
Wilf @Bartims wrote: “Now relegation confirmed I wanted to tweet a few words of wisdom. But I'm gutted. We've been set back a generation and it's a long way back #bwfc.”
Nathan @sinnott1808 said: “Current bunch should be ashamed of themselves. Especially the likes of Pratley, Wheater, Moxey and Davies. #bwfc.”
Shame really,highly doubt #bwfc will ever get back into the championship, considering the lack off money they have
— Matt Bryant (@matt_leicester1) April 9, 2016
But new Chief Executive Dean Holdsworth has appealed to Wanderers supporters to stick with the club after relegation from the Championship was confirmed.
Holdsworth, whose takeover ultimately came too late to save the club from dropping out of the division, contacted The Bolton News to thank the fans for keeping faith during a dismal campaign.
Defeat at Derby County has confirmed Wanderers would be playing outside the top two divisions for the first time since 1993.
But while it has been a bitter pill to swallow, Holdsworth hopes relegation will only prove a temporary setback as he looks to restore former glories.
“This is a sad day for the club and fans,” he said. “But Bolton Wanderers Football Club will return stronger together in the future.
“Fans have been superb, loyal and inevitably upset as well because these have been difficult circumstances.
“With time and hard work things will get better. Carry on supporting this great club. It’s alive and it will be back.”