DEAN Holdsworth has confirmed he has left his position as Wanderers’ director of football.

The 47-year-old, who fronted a successful takeover bid with Ken Anderson earlier this year to buy the club from Eddie Davies, will remain at the Macron Stadium in an owner capacity.

A statement released by Mr Holdsworth to The Bolton News this afternoon confirmed: “As of yesterday, I ceased to be employed by BWFC as director of football but wish to confirm that I remain as a shareholder and director of Burnden Leisure Limited with Ken Anderson.

“I remain fully committed to the club and am excited by the prospect of a successful new season.”

Mr Holdsworth has not divulged the reasons for his decision on legal advice.

Wanderers released a short statement this afternoon, adding that Mr Holdsworth had "resigned" from his post.

"Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Dean Holdsworth has resigned from his role as Director of Football.

"The club will be making no further comment on the matter."