Bolton chairman Phil Gartside says promotion is 'absolute goal'

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has said an immediate return to the Premier League is the primary target for the Championship club this season.

They bounced back from an opening-day defeat at Burnley to pick up their first win of the season against Derby.

Gartside told BBC Radio Manchester: "It [promotion] is an absolute goal.

"If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen, but it's a goal we've set ourselves and it's got to happen as far as we're concerned."

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Youngsters 'can progress at Bolton'

Late goals from Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles sealed a 2-0 victory at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wanderers are playing in the second tier for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

Relegation from the top flight resulted in major changes to the playing staff, although Gartside remains convinced that the squad at Owen Coyle's disposal is strong enough to be challenging for promotion and can cope with the demands of the Championship.

"We knew that before we started and that's why we've got such a strong squad," he continued. "There are two players for every position and young players behind that. That's the way it's got to be.

"We've got a tremendous academy squad now. It showed on Saturday when they beat Arsenal 5-1. That's what the club is all about now, is bringing kids through."

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