The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

THOUGH Bolton Wan­der­ers are rooted pre­car­i­ously to the bot­tom of the ta­ble – and were thrashed 6-0 at Bris­tol City yes­ter­day – the fu­ture does at least look bright off the pitch, with an out­stand­ing tax bill hav­ing been paid and the threat of a wind­ing-up or­der lifted.

The club were sum­moned to three High Court hear­ings in re­cent months over an out­stand­ing £3m pay­ment to HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms (HMRC) – with £2.2m of it due straight away.

But, fol­low­ing the re­cent takeover by the Sport Shield con­sor­tium, headed by for­mer striker Dean Holdsworth, the Trot­ters have con­firmed the out­stand­ing amount has been paid and that the wind­ing-up or­der is set to of­fi­cially be dropped to­mor­row.

A state­ment read: “Bolton Wan­der­ers can an­nounce that the club has to­day, Thurs­day March 17, set­tled all over­due pay­ments with HMRC.

“As a re­sult, Bolton Wan­der­ers now ex­pects the wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion against the club to be lifted in the High Court on Mon­day.”

In a tur­bu­lent week at the Macron Sta­dium, Neil Len­non left by mu­tual con­sent on Tues­day, with academy chief Jimmy Phillips pro­moted as in­terim boss.

He will be as­sisted by for­mer mid­fielder Peter Reid, who made 257 ap­pear­ances for Bolton be­tween 1974 and 1983.

Though Phillips has ex­pressed his de­sire to take the job on a full-time ba­sis, he ap­pre­ci­ates the new own­ers have much to ponder.

“We’ve got a new con­sor­tium com­ing in and, be­cause of the na­ture of the club, they’re hav­ing to take things very steadily.

“They will have a full busi­ness plan be­hind their ac­tions,” said the 50-year-old.

“I don’t think it’s a case of whether I want to put my name for­ward. I think they’ve got a plan and, hope­fully, I will be part of it in the fu­ture.

“What­ever shape takes, time will tell.”

BOSS: Jimmy Phillips

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