KEN Anderson could yet cap-off a controversial three years in charge of Bolton Wanderers with the perfect pre-match pep talk.

On the eve of a crucial game against Millwall, talks to sell his majority stake in the club continue, and hopes that a sale can be announced have not yet faded completely.

Say what you like about the former football agent – and some do – but he has consistently shown a flair for the dramatic. Were a deal to be pushed over the line in the next few hours, the impact on tomorrow’s atmosphere would be considerable.

Wanderers have suffered in front of their own fans this season, taking just 13 points from 17 games. It stands to reason that the trend must change quickly if they are to stand any chance of staying in the Championship.

While there have been negatives to dwell on during Anderson’s time at Bolton, he has also found incentives when they were needed too.

The promise of a squad holiday at the end of the 2016/17 season helped the squad drag themselves over the line to automatic promotion against the odds, and the owner/chairman’s rousing speech before a game against Sheffield Wednesday last season also helped the Whites to their first win.

Anderson has said all along that he would pass the club on to someone with deeper pockets, able to take it to the ‘next level’ and the search to find the right candidate has evidently been difficult.

He has admitted to mistakes along the way. But Phil Parkinson believes the man who brought him to Bolton in the summer of 2016 could leave on a positive note which could have a profound impact on his side’s fight against relegation.

“For everyone, especially the supporters, they are just looking for the club to be in a stable position to go forward. If that happens then there will be a huge uplift,” he said.

“Hopefully by Monday we can put everything behind us.

“In the short-term we just need something to give us that boost. When you win it can lift everyone, so I am looking at this game and thinking ‘if we can get this result then we can go on from there.’ “We have to go all guns blazing to create that intensity on our home patch. So if that deal can get over the line, it would be a great boost for everyone.”