Bassini set to take over at Bolton despite murky past
CONTROVERSlAL ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini — twice declared bankrupt and previously banned from football — has been cleared to take over at crisis-hit Bolton Wanderers. The 48-year-old was revealed as the mystery buyer for the cash-strapped Championship club at the High Court yesterday, where it was given a second stay of execution after being hit with a winding-up petition. Bassini (below), who spent a turbulent 13 months at Vicarage Road, was banished from the game for three years in 2013 for alleged financial misconduct. However, he was named as the man set to take control of Bolton, who have until May 8 to pay their debts. Bolton’s players, who have not yet been paid last month’s salaries, which were due on Friday, were expected to return to training this morning after going on a 48-hour strike. Last night, an emergency meeting was held by council and emergency services officials, who have issued a prohibition notice banning the club from allowing fans into matches at the University of Bolton Stadium over safety fears, with match-day staff refusing to work until they have been paid. Bolton are due to host Ipswich on Saturday and Middlesbrough on Tuesday.