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Bolton Wanderers set for immediate return to the Championship

Monday 10th April 2017
2016 saw Bolton Wanderers fall to England's third tier of football following four consecutive seasons in the Skybet Championship. With many tipping them for success at the start of the season, they look to have fulfilled all expectations.

The Wanderers sit in second place in Skybet League One with just four games remaining. With 7 points separating them from third-placed Fleetwood Town, they look as if they're in a commanding position to hold on, grasping automatic promotion to the Championship. With Sheffield United set to take the winners trophy home, Phil Parkinson and his team will be more than happy to get back to where the fans want to see their team.

The former Premier League side has sunk to one of their lowest lows, featuring in League One this season. Their success is almost mirrored to Wolverhampton Wanderers' story. The Birmingham-based club found themselves in League One a couple of seasons ago, bouncing straight back up at the first attempt. Bolton also looks to have a very sustainable platform to continue their successes, perhaps into the Premier League in the near future. Talented manager Phil Parkinson has proven his worth with his time at Bradford City. He managed to lead the club to promotion as well as a historic FA Cup run which saw the club reach the quarter-finals in a season to remember for all fans involved.

Their manager may be of high quality and serve a crucial role in the team's performances, but you also cannot look past the quality on offer in the Bolton dressing room. Former Liverpool man, Jay Spearing, who previously played for the Reds in the Premier League, controls midfield along with Gary Madine running between opponents defenders up front. Former Palace man, Dean Moxey, holds the defence along with experienced Mark Beevers. On paper, Bolton have a very strong, experienced and exciting squad built over the years, it is no wonder they're on course for an immediate return to the Skybet Championship.

Should Bolton complete their expected journey, achieving automatic promotion, it looks as if they don't need a huge amount of signings in the summer. Sure, they'll add to their squad as Parkinson pushes the board for signings, but it's always encouraging for a club when you already have former Premier League and Championship players playing for you. It is unknown what Bolton's objectives will be for next season, remaining in the Championship is surely a minimum expectation, could they go on and follow in numerous other clubs' shoes and go for a spectacular back-to-back promotion to the Premier League.

Bolton have some relatively easy final four fixtures to finish off with. A trip to both Oldham and Port Vale are accompanied with home ties against Bury and Peterborough United to draw the curtain on a successful season. The chasing pack will have to work really hard to catch Bolton, as long as the Wanderers remain focused, work hard and continue to take each game as they come, nothing should stop them playing Skybet Championship football next season.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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