Rock bottom for Lennon at Bolton?
This is the club's first home loss and means the Trotters have won just one in the last 12 matches. Sitting at the very bottom of the Championship (just 2 points clear of the relegation zone) - could Lennon be doing much more?
The team failed to beat Birmingham, as left back and ex Wanderer Paul Robinson scored a standard sitter early in the first half. The Whites dramatically improved into the second half of the game, with a few near-misses from the likes of Dorian Dervite.
However, the game was soon over and the Wanderers lost to one damaging goal and a truely questionable defence. Lennon said so himself - the problem is the lack of quality in front of goal. This feels very much like deja vu, right?
The club have faced relegation before, but the question is - where needs to change? Is it the team? The manager? Staff?
Neil Lennon is a young manager with great potential - there is no doubt about it. Just take his time at Celtic for example - winning the Scottish Premier League three times and the Scottish cup twice. He also has the very impressve accolade of beating Barcelona in the Champions League.
At Bolton however, funding is an issue. Something he isn't used to on quite the same level. The manager admitted late last month that he didnt expect such little fund as to what he was given to develop a top Championship squad.
He brought in the likes of Gary Madine, whom he believes has the potential to be a top class striker at the club. However, from his performances so far, he is a quality League One player at best. Lennon has also recently introduced young player Woolery, who has exactly what Bolton desires right now - pace.
We need somebody to wisk us out of the turmoil! A club takeover was rumoured a few month back, but speculation quickly died down. I mean, who in the right mind would want to buy the club considering its finacial state?
The joyous days of the Premier League and European football are now far in the past, and as a Bolton fan myself, this dampens my spirits. It seems that the club are unfortunately stuck in a downward spiral.
The Trotters are set to face Leeds at home on Saturday, who are expected to bring over 4000 supporters. Preston away then shortly follows a week later. If there isnt any drastic changes soon, the Wanderers could be facing relegation to League 1 by Christmas. Yes, it is scary when you think about it.
Something needs to change.