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Bolton - A Warning To Villa?

Bolton are clearly a warning for Aston Villa. Bolton? yea that's the one, not for the game on Saturday though.

I was wondering just how did Bolton end up where they currently are after having such a great season last year? I was looking at the two clubs, Bolton and Villa and a little alarm bell started ringing at the back of my head.

Could Villa do a Bolton next season?

Rubbish I hear you cry we are far better than Bolton they are shyte, well they were better than we were last season and finished with 6 more points than we did, that's why they were playing in Europe and Villa were not.

Bolton finished last season in 7th place with 56 points just 2 points behind the top 4 + Spurs and Everton, I know they lost their manager who had done a great job for them but the fact remains they qualified for the UEFA Cup on the back of a decent season.

The UEFA Cup was a great run for Bolton they ended up playing an extra 10 more matches than Villa this season travelling all over Europe mid-week to play their fixtures, they had some really good results drawing with Bayern Munich and Athletico Madrid before going out of the Cup.

Before the January transfer window and the loss of Anelka their league results seemed unaffected by their mid-week exertions but that's where the story starts to go a awry and their league form takes a tumble.

The point I am going to make is will Villa be better equipped side at the start of next season than Bolton were at the start of this?

Will we have the players to complete another 4 Intertoto & 16+ UEFA Cup games if we were luckily enough to get through them.

A decent run in the FA Cup and/or League Cup could add another 10 games to the list of fixtures net season. That's a possible extra 30 games if we qualified for Europe.

Is the panic starting to set in yet?

Are we that much better than Bolton were at the start of the season? Our current League position and points tally suggest we are currently where Bolton were this time last season. IF and its a big IF we do manage to qualify for Europe I for one will be hoping we don't follow the Bolton model and see the European adventure as the be all and end all of or footballing aspirations, yes having European football back at Villa Park will be brilliant but can we afford it?

I would at the end of the day wish we had never qualified for the Inter Toto if the manager fails to bolster the squad for the next campaign and we end up as mid-table cannon fodder for the likes of Newcastle and Spurs. It may be the European football could well do with given a miss this season as I may suggest we need another 10 players to be able to overcome the problems Bolton have suffered this season, I don't want Villa struggling against West Ham on a Sunday because the same eleven players are still shattered after a Thursday Night match in Russia or one of the Baltic states.

Martin O'Neill and the management of Villa need to take a good hard look at Bolton and realise what playing in Europe entails. Go out get the players to prevent adventure turning into a nightmare and having an adverse affect on the league form and possibly our status as a Premier League Club

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Writer: col8 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 7 2008

Time: 10:12AM

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yeah i see your point, but bolton didn't have an ashley young, a gareth barry, a martin laursen, a john carew, a gabby agbonlahor, a freddy bouma...although they did have a j'lloyd samuel and a gavin mccann. hmmm.
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07/04/2008 10:32:00

This time last year Bolton heading for Europe on the back of a good season. The rest as they say is history. I think Villa need to be wary of starting next season with a depleated squad thus avoiding the Boltonesque pitfalls of having so many games to the detriment of their league status.
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07/04/2008 10:35:00

What a load of tosh, as MON would say. No seriously, this really is ********* lol. If you honestly think we will be 18th this time next season, your mad. Can you honestly see us...with the likes of Young, Barry, Laursen, Davies, ReoCoker PLUS whoever we buy in the summer..being dragged into a relegation battle? Because although anything is possible in the game, its not likely is it? Whereas 99% of people predicted Bolton to struggle this season without Allerdyce, the two managers they've had this season have tried to get them playing football, thats something Bolton can't do, a football team that can't play football....they can only long ball it. Its what they were trained to do under Allerdyce and its what they do well, because they don't have footballers, they have battering rams like Davies. Thats why they have struggled this season. Like i said, you can probably draw comparisons between ourselves and any club in the world, doesn't mean we will be like them in the long run.
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07/04/2008 10:36:00

Believe it or not o`neill and co know full well what they are doing.They don`t need to take a long hard look at bolton o`neill has already competed in the champions league i think he knows what it`s all about.Silly article i`m afraid.
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07/04/2008 10:38:00

Anelka was their only decent player, without him they are toilet, simple as. Good points though RE: the 30 extra possible (hopefully) next season. It says Prepared on the badge.
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07/04/2008 10:53:00

Intertoto is 4 games? I thought it was 2. Dammit.
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07/04/2008 10:58:00

Yeah, must admit the amount of game in the Intetoto changes depending on who you are? As for the article, i can imagine where col8 is coming from, say we lose Barry and Ashley Young in the close season to the likes of Chelsea or something, then we're looking a lot less competent as a team. Perhaps we start badly and then it just seems impossible to get any rhythm together what with our extra games. We've seen in recent weeks how our good quality players can loose against very average's not unthinkable next season, but i will say that the one thing stopping this scenario happening is MON. He's not going to leave like Allardyce did, and therefore, we'll continue making the same strides and we're more likely to be following Everton next season, especially if MON picks out some astute signings.
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07/04/2008 11:18:00

Haha, col, that's your quota of negativity used up for the month then, eh? I see what you're saying, but realistically, there is one reason, and one reason only why Bolton are in the mess they're in, and the is because they let Sam Allardyce go at the end of last season. I suppose Anelka leaving hasn't helped, but he was awesome for Bolton, getting in players that could do the job. They weren't great to watch, but they were highly affective. That's all gone to pot, now.
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07/04/2008 11:21:00

Col8 has some very good points. Regardless of MON's experience in Europe, for whatever reasons, he sent us into a whole season with a very small squad and no RB in the first team squad. This was compounded by selling off players without first replacing them. If the same happens again this summer we will be in the Bolton situation. If we are going into Europe we must get the squad size and their competences up before the Inter-toto. We know we are losing Ollie, who else will MON let go? Even with 3-4 of the current reserves being ready to test their skills in the first team we still need a minimum of 8 more top quality players bef0ore we are ready to compete at the very top level. Will we get the right sort of players? I don't know. I hope so. So much depends on MON this summer.
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07/04/2008 11:37:00

If we get rid of MON and replace him with Sammy Lee, then I'll be worried. If not, I'll stay optimistic thanks.
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07/04/2008 19:51:00

the point is that we hopefully won't have three managers in the next year! we won't sell our only goalscorer at christmas ( we rely on the whole team to score goals not just one player). We surely won't have gary mastermind megson to plot our successes for us, and we won't have Cahill giving away penalties and free kicks away. Along with 007 (agent Ridgewell) we have ensured there are at least two poor defenses in the Prem.
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07/04/2008 20:40:00

Col8 is right, there's absolutely no point in attempting a European campaign with our miniscule squad. MON likes to play his strongest team and I can't see us lasting the course (beyond Christmas), without at least four more decent players.
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07/04/2008 22:46:00

Well said waldorf and IanSymes!!! How can Col8 just dismiss the fact that they lost there manager/ managers but???? ... What does that mean??? Why not liken us to Everton? Instead Col8 uses the Bolton analogy to create a story.. and intern a response!!!
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08/04/2008 09:14:00

In my opinion you make a very valid point Col. I think that Bolton's demise this season, while clearly in part due to the loss of Big Fat Sam and the appointment of both Lee and Megson, has also been due to the purchase of sub-standard players, players simply/clearly not as good as players they were brought into replace. Selling your one and only goalscorer during the January window, is hardly the right way to go about things either. Mistakes made at the very top have cost Bolton dear.
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09/04/2008 22:54:00

If they do go down, which looks increasingly likely, there'll be no speedy return for them. They have a truly *****-poor squad.
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