Laurence Bassini completes takeover of Bolton Wanderers and vows to ‘sort out the mess’ he has inherited

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Laurence Bassini has completed his takeover of Bolton Wanderers, talkSPORT’s Jim White has revealed.

Bassini was revealed as the man who was primed to buy the club from Ken Anderson earlier this month and save the club form impending liquidation.

talkSPORT host Jim White received a call from Laurence Bassini

talkSPORT host Jim White received a call from Laurence Bassini

It would appear that the deal has now been completed, with White exclusively revealing on Hawksbee and Jacobs that Bassini is the new Bolton owner after speaking to the 49-year-old earlier in the day on Wednesday.

He said: “I took a call from Laurence Bassini who tells me the deal is done. He is the new owner of Bolton Wanderers.

“He says he has inherited a mess but will sort it out.”

The British businessman, whose ill-fated spell in charge at Watford lasted only 13 months, joined talkSPORT host Jim White for a rare interview.

Bassini has twice been declared bankrupt and was banned from owning an EFL club for three years in 2013 for alleged financial misconduct.

He has since been cleared to return to football by the EFL, though.

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has been eager to sell the club

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has been eager to sell the club

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“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.”

Current owner Anderson bought a stake in the club during that buyout and took majority control in 2017 after Sports Shield went into liquidation.

The club’s players went on strike for the second time in a year after staff were not paid in March.

It is the second month in a row that Bolton employees have not been paid on time.

Their relegation to League One appears inevitable as they are 10 points adrift with four games to go.

If results go against them on Friday their relegation will be confirmed.

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