Laurence Bassini exclusive: Bolton buyer vows to lead club back to the Premier League within three years
Laurence Bassini has assured Bolton Wanderers supporters their club will be in good hands if his prospective takeover from Ken Anderson goes through.
The British businessman, whose ill-fated spell in charge at Watford last only 13 months, joined talkSPORT host Jim White for a rare interview on Friday.
This week, the 48-year-old was revealed as the man primed to buy current owner Anderson’s shares and save the club from impending liquidation.
But the news was not welcomed with open arms by Trotters fans, while talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan suggested his takeover could be catastrophic for the club.
Bassini has TWICE been declared bankrupt and was banned from owning an EFL club for three years in 2013 for alleged financial misconduct.
He has since been cleared to return to football by the EFL, though.
Speaking to Jim White on Friday, Bassini responded to Jordan’s claims and insisted he will fund a big rebuild job with the aim to get Bolton back to the Premier League within three years.
“If it wasn’t my love and affection for football and this club, I wouldn’t be coming back,” Bassini said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.
“I think Bolton is a great, great club. I looked at it two years ago before Mr Anderson. They’re a great club and they deserve more. I think they have the potential to return to the top.
“I very rarely do interviews, in fact this is one of the first times I’ve ever done an interview because I just don’t do them.
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“But I think the Bolton fans deserve more and need to know and feel safe, and that’s the reason I’m doing this interview.
“Bolton needs a good infrastructure, and if that infrastructure can be put into this club and if the right people are brought in now…
“I don’t know if we’ll survive this season. I’m hoping we do, but if we go down we’ll be putting a large sum of money in to bring them straight back up and then obviously a plan for them to get back into the Premier League.
“My plan is simple – if we go down it will be a three-year plan, if we stay up it’ll be a two-year plan to get them back into the Premier League.
“The money is available, I just need to have two or three things checked out with Mr Anderson and the club and then we’ll go forward, but we are very close in the coming week.”
More to follow…
Source: SportsLatest TS