‘A bag of nonsense’ – Simon Jordan responds to Laurence Bassini interview and still says takeover is bad news for Bolton
Simon Jordan has responded to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Laurence Bassini, and still believes his prospective takeover is not good news for Bolton.
In a rare chat with Jim White, Bassini laid out his plans for the Trotters if his purchase of the in-trouble club goes through and assured fans their beloved Bolton would be in good hands.
The businessman also called out former Crystal Palace owner Jordan, who said on talkSPORT earlier this week that Bassini is even worse than current owner Ken Anderson.
On Wednesday, Jordan told talkSPORT he knew Bassini from 2012, when they were in discussions over a potential deal to take over at Portsmouth.
During Friday’s interview, Bassini said Jordan ‘kept phoning me day after day, driving me mad’ about an offer to join him in business to purchase Pompey, and then ‘turned and got all funny on me’ after Bassini said no.
But, in response to the interview on Friday’s Jim White show, Jordan said that was ‘a bag of nonsense’.
He also reiterated his view that Anderson selling to Bassini would be ‘a carnival of horrors’ for Bolton.
“Listen, we spoke on Wednesday about him and I had some views and I don’t expect him not to have some views back on me,” said Jordan.
“My experiences with Laurence were – I got a phone call out of the blue back in 2012 because he had read my book, he announced himself as Laurence Bassini and I said, ‘…I have no idea who you are’.
“He talked about wanting to get me back in football, which I had no interest in whatsoever. Then he talked to me about Portsmouth, and I has certainly had no interest in getting involved with Laurence on any level, given what I spoke to him about, how he came across.
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“I listen to him now and I still think he’s a bag of nonsense. His opinions are his own. The proof of the pudding with Laurence will be what he does when he goes into Bolton.
“It’s none of my business, but I’m being asked for a view on it.
“It’s a carnival of horrors as far as I’m concerned for Bolton fans, with Ken Anderson passing onto Laurence Bassini.
As I said on Wednesday, I’m not surprised Bassini has been kept in the background. He’s been wheeled out because it’s desperate stakes now with the courts looking at wind up orders and them delaying and delaying to get a deal across the line.
“He’ll either do what he says he will do, or he won’t.
“But listen, you’ve got to go some, mate, to get booted out of the football club and be disqualified from being a part of a football club for three years – these are not things that come along randomly.
“By the way, there’s nothing wrong with being bankrupt. That should not be held against him and if he’s come back and rebuilt himself then fair play to him. There’s nothing wrong with that at all.
“If he’s going to put his money where his mouth is and he’s going to have the best interests of the club in mind, that’s one thing.
“But my view is he’s not going there for the benefit of Bolton, he’s going there for the benefit of Laurence Bassini – as he did at Watford.
“If I was in Bolton’s shoes, I would take administration and a 12 point deduction rather than Bassini, with respect.
“But if he’s going to do a job at Bolton, you will see that over the fullness of time, and then guys like me can say: ‘You know what, I was wrong. The first time around I thought he was a buffoon, but the second time he’s not, he’s the real deal…’”
We’ll let you decide if he’s joking or not.
Listen back to Simon Jordan on talkSPORT in full above
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