As part of our 2006/2007 Premiership season-end review, here’s a look at how Bolton’s season went. Read up, then offer your own advice on how Bolton can improve this summer.
- Pre-season expectations: Bolton did well last season and were expected to improve and try for Europe, especially with Anelka in their ranks.
- Season evaluation: Did better than expected, although considering Sam’s ambitions it was exactly what they were aiming for.
- The Big Negative: Lost away games too easily and got hammered by the big sides – the defense still needs some work. Sam Allardyce leaving is also a negative but realistically speaking Europe is the best Bolton can aim for and it’s up to Sammy Lee (if he’s persisted with) to bring them back to UEFA Cup football next season.
- The Big Positive: European football.
- Summer Priority: Keep hold of Nolan and Anelka and beef up the defense.
Bolton don’t have the funds to make a challenge for the Champions League spots unless they get very lucky (like Everton did a couple of years ago). They have, however, done really well in the last few years and there’s a good chance that their ‘image’ of long-ball merchants will start fading if they can do this well next season.
Bolton could have made a serious attempt for 4th spot if they hadn’t conceded so many goals – it’s something that must be worked on otherwise Bolton will go backwards next year.
Now it’s your turn: How do you think Bolton can improve this summer?