THEY say a week can be a long time in politics.

I reckon a week can be an even longer time in football, especially if you’re a Bolton Wanderers fan.

We didn’t need the torrential rain to dampen our spirits as we made our way to the DW stadium.

News of the takeover bid going pear-shaped and the home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday had done that after the glimmer of hope following the previous week’s win against Millwall.

As we enjoyed a pie and a pint in the comfort of the Marquee lounge, it was unanimously agreed this was a match we had to win to keep any slender hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

Phil Parkinson brought back Andrew Taylor and Will Buckley for Pawel Olkowski and Sammy Ameobi.

To their credit, the Wanderers fans turned up in large numbers, with more than 3,700 packing the away end.

It’s a pity most of the team didn’t turn up for such a crucial match.

We couldn’t defend for toffee with the defence having more holes in it than the average bar of Aero.

We’re still waiting for the attack to join in the game.

It was as bad off-the-field with continuous smoke bombs let off under the stand, bottles thrown onto the pitch and large-scale fighting between rival fans before and especially after the match.

I don’t think it is possible to feel any lower than I do right now but numerous times recently I have said that things can only get better and Bolton Wanderers keep proving me wrong.

Relegation is nailed on, never mind odds-on.

Whether it is to League One or worse, depends upon how the financial crisis unfolds.

Administration is being touted as a solution to our woes but depending upon how everything is structured company-wise at BWFC we could be looking at the loss of assets like the stadium and not necessarily the loss of Ken Anderson.

I sincerely hope the proposed takeover is going through a phase of brinkmanship with one or both sides trying to squeeze every last bit of money out of the deal.

Dale Vince’s late intervention with his lawsuit complicates matters as the potential cost of a successful suit would have to be factored into any deal.

Wednesday’s court appointment with the HMRC should focus a few minds hopefully. There’s another long week ahead for BWFC.