Bolton made their first post-season change today when it was announced Emma Beaugaard would be leaving her post.
Beaugaard had served as the club’s CEO since Football Ventures took over the club last summer. It has been a tough few months for her, performing her functions while dealing with the passing of her father from COVID-19.
Changes were expected within the club after relegation to League Two was finally confirmed on Tuesday, with the Bolton News article linked to at the start of this article suggesting current COO Andy Gartside will take more responsibility into the day to day running of the club. This would make sense, especially if cost-cutting and streamlining was the goal. With the recruitment of Tobias Phoenix only happening in February, it would almost be a bit concerning if he would have been removed.
Beaugaard told the official website:
“The survival and wellbeing of BWFC is paramount and with the decimating effects of the pandemic and confirmation of relegation there absolutely needs to be necessary cost reductions and a restructure to give the Club every chance of success.
“I am stepping down but not away as BWFC are firmly lodged in my heart and I will be looking forward, as many will, to coming to games in the future and watching the Wanderers rise again.”