To achieve this, the Manager and his inner sanctum have been assessing the players available and analyzing how well they will be able to do what is required. Those who may be able to contribute but are not yet up to the standard needed, are being considered for loan spells away from the club where they may be able to get some games under their belt. Others are being considered for possible moves away from the club altogether while the final group are being shuffled around in terms of positions and playing times, in order to get the best possible fit.
For some players, this may bring a mixed reaction. Joe Riley reportedly visited Swindon for a possible loan spell, but made an abrupt return after Bolton Wanderers was advised the player had to "earn a chance to play in League One". In a somewhat contradictory statement, Swindon Town Manager Paolo Di Canio had this to say: “I know every single player from League Two to the Premier League but I don’t know who he is, I don’t know his face. We will see for the future.” I don't think so, Paolo.
The rumour mill has linked several players to the exit door, including the likes of Gregg Wylde, Tim Ream and Marvin Sordell. Sordell, who has recently been involved in social networking rows due to racial abuse endured most notably at Millwall, has been unable to get any time on the pitch - and if Kevin Davies has anything to say on the matter, Sordell won't be getting much time on Twitter either. Davies shared his opinion: “It got to the point after the semi-final where I was hurting and so was everyone else. You are constantly checking to see whether you are getting stick. I didn’t need that. I needed to concentrate on football.”
Separate and apart from the fact that Bolton supporters were hurting during that infamous semi-final, Sordell has not had much to do outside of training for games that he probably knows he will not participate in. With that being the case, why should Davies suggest that Sordell not indulge himself on Twitter? Unlike many other young players, @MarvinSordell tends to spend his time re-tweeting worthwhile causes as requested of him, professing his love for his Lady-friend and supporting charitable events.
Surely it cannot be the case that if Sordell had not been on Facebook/Twitter, then he would not be abused. The rather despicable photograph that was bandied about on Facebook, and the offensive tweets directed towards him after the initial racial abuse and the
banner that was unfurled after the young culprit was identified, didn't happen because he uses Social Media. It can only be hoped that the Wanderers can put all distractions aside in our game against Barnsley at the Reebok. Former Barnsley man Jacob Butterfield may make his Bolton debut on loan from Norwich and in a game that the Wanderers are expected to win, let us see if Douglas can get the lads in a positive frame of mind to express themselves.