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Bolton chairman Gartside: Davies will continue to support club

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has made it clear that owner Eddie Davies will continue to financially support the club.

The Trotters fell to the Championship after an unlucky season in the Premier League but Gartside is confident that despite having a debut of around £110million, Davies will keep backing manager Owen Coyle as they look to bounce straight back to the top flight.

"Owen's plan will be backed - whatever he wants to do he will get to do it," Gartside told the club's official website.

"During my time in football, I have never had a season like [last season] in terms of injuries and mishaps. We had some serious blows in losing Gary Speed and, when you thought things couldn't get worse, there were the events surrounding Fabrice [Muamba].

"But we start next season with a clean slate. We have a real chance I believe and I am looking forward to that, but nobody at our club is making the mistake of underestimating the Championship."

He added: "We have a debt, yes, and it is to Eddie.

"We have been very fortunate to have had that backing and investment. He wants to continue backing us.

"With Eddie you could call it an investment, a soft debt, in that it is what he has spent over the last 11 years funding us in the Premier League."

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