Okocha: Owners to blame for Bolton's relegation

The Nigerian claims that the lack of ambition and investment has undermined the hard work he and others put in to cement the club as a Premier League side under Sam Allardyce

Former Bolton star Jay-Jay Okocha has blasted the Trotters hierarchy, claiming they are to blame for the club's relegation due to their lack of ambition and investment.

Okocha was one of the players who was central to the period in which Bolton cemented themselves as a Premier League side, a time which saw them reach the League Cup final as well as European football, but the Nigerian now sees all of his efforts as pointless.

"We changed the image of the club," Okocha told reporters.

"We established the club in the Premier League and we thought they would build from there.

"But all our efforts have been thrown away. It feels like all that work was wasted."

Bolton spent 11 seasons in the Premier League after their promotion but they dropped out of the league after failing to build on the example set by players like Okocha, Ivan Campo and Youri Djorkaeff.

He claims that this relegation was bound to happen, stating that Bolton have been facing the possibility of Championship football for a number of seasons now.

"I have been following the Premier League very closely because once you have been a footballer you have an affinity with the game," he said.

"It was a sad season for Bolton but it was bound to happen.

"When you don't spend or invest in the future, you can't always get away with it.

"They have been playing cat and mouse with the club for some time now and the cat has caught up with the mouse. It is a pity.

"We laid a good foundation at Bolton but unfortunately for the fans, they have to deal with Bolton being a struggling team again."