Anderson: Bolton Will Not Pay Off Unhappy Players

  • January 19, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson says he will not stand in the way of any player looking to leave Bolton, but will not pay up the contracts of those who wish to do so.

With just 12 days of the January transfer window remaining, Wanderers' only business so far has seen the arrival of Harry Charsley on a half-season loan deal from Premier League side Everton.

Players such as Chris Taylor, Dorian Dervite and Derik Osede have recently been linked with moves away from Macron Stadium and although the Trotters chairman refused to divulge names, he admits paying off wantaway players is something he will not consider.

"One of the strange quirks of being the chairman of a football club is that the phone never stops ringing during a transfer window," Anderson told

"Generally speaking, the calls mainly come from the media trying to get inside information about potential transfers.

"The other calls are often from players' agents offering you players who are "perfect for the club", or even worse, are trying to persuade you to pay an existing player a compromise payment to leave, as he's not happy at not being involved or getting a game.

"Over the last week or so, l have had to tell several agents that l can fully understand that their clients are disappointed that they are not playing, but as the manager has made absolutely clear to the players, there is still an opportunity for them to be involved if they continue to train and work as they have up to now.

"They just have to bide their time, as their chance will arrive, but at the same time, their player is welcome to look elsewhere for football, if that is what he really wants.

"Under no circumstances however am l prepared to pay up their contract in full until the end of July, only to subsequently see them sign for another club shortly after and then effectively get paid another salary again, albeit perhaps on a reduced salary to that what we are paying.

"My logic is that if we are going to have to pay their salary until the end of July, we might as well have the benefit of them being available to play for us if called upon, even if it is only in the event of an injury or suspension crisis.

"Unfortunately, this practice has become a regular occurrence in football over recent years, but as far as l am concerned, we will do our best not to be paying up our senior players' salaries, whilst they then go and sign a new contract elsewhere, even if that means they are not involved with our squad on matchdays and sit in the stands.

"Hopefully these players will realise that their playing career is a short one and see the light of day and work even harder to be involved or move on, so that they actually get to play football, albeit elsewhere.

"That said, l must make it absolutely clear that generally speaking, the players who have not been involved recently have reacted perfectly and in a very professional manner and have not let their disappointment affect their efforts and performance in training and their spirits have remained high and focused along with the rest of the playing squad."

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