Bolton relegated from the Championship following 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa

BOLTON have been relegated from the Championship following a 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham – who injured his shoulder during the clash – scored the goals that sent Wanderers down to League One.

Bolton will begin next season in the third tier having lost 14 of their past 18 matches.

This is the 15th time Wanderers have been relegated in their history – only Grimsby and Notts County have been relegated more often within the Football League since it began.

SunSport told you earlier this week how Laurence Bassini had agreed a takeover at the troubled club.

The ex-Watford supremo has agreed to take Ken Anderson's shares and inherit his huge list of debts.

The deal was only clinched following Anderson's U-turn on Bolton's future as he ran out of funds to run it.

Relegation caps off a terrible time for Bolton's stars and their fans.

The players have still not been paid this month and the club has come to within a whisker of administration.

They also held a 48-hour strike earlier this month on behalf on non-playing staff in protest over unpaid wages, with the club twice appearing in the High Court after being issued a winding-up petition.

Bolton will appear again on May 8 having been granted an adjournment.

Commiserations to Bolton this afternoon – a fellow founder of The Football League. You'll be back. ?#AVFC

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