Chairman Takes Swipe at Bolton Fans and Local Media

  • December 05, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has hit out at local media and supporters who he perceives to be chasing their '15 minutes of fame'.

Anderson has been on the receiving end of intense scrutiny over the course of the past week - one in which he made a u-turn on a previously arranged interview session with members of the press and failed to show for a Lancashire derby fixture against Wigan Athletic, just 24 hours after it was confirmed players, coaching and office staff at the University of Bolton Stadium would see a delay in receiving their November salary payments.

A report in Wednesday's edition of The Bolton News suggested Anderson, alongside former co-owner Dean Holdsworth, had purchased Wanderers for a mere £1 in March 2016 and stood to make a hefty profit from any future sale.

Now sole owner of the club, Anderson has refuted the numbers involved and says attempts to avoid future problems with wages are ongoing.

In an official statement, posted at bwfc.co.uk, Anderson said: "I have seen Marc lles' articles today in The Bolton News which unfortunately are factually incorrect, and not for the first time, and would respond as follows.

"Dean Holdsworth and I did not pay £1 for the club. We paid £1 plus the debt, which was a substantial amount.

"Inner Circle Investments Ltd have paid substantially more than £150,000 for the shares in Burnden Leisure Ltd.

"For the record, November was the first time the majority of the players have been late in receiving their monthly salaries. However, l accept that the retention bonuses and severance pay on players who have left was paid late this summer and l have previously commented on this, so l see no need to repeat myself.

"All the other employees (circa 400) in the businesses were all paid on time in November as they always have been previously.

"Once again, there was a reference to administration but in case you do not know players are the only people who as "football creditors" are guaranteed to be paid if that should ever happen. They also have the benefit of being able to go to the PFA for financial assistance. That's why l personally paid all the other employees first as they are the lowest paid in the group and unlike the players do not have the benefit of knowing that they will always be paid come what may.

"That said, l am extremely grateful for the support, assistance and cooperation that we have received from the players in these difficult times and I will always do my best to try and resolve the current cash flow problems and hopefully, avoid repeating any delays in the future in paying salaries."

Anderson has also responded to supporters, online fanzine publishers and members of the Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust, stating any criticism and allegations of lies on his behalf will be proven wrong at a future date.

"There has been an element of criticism of me recently on the social media and generally speaking I try to ignore it," Anderson added.

"As the majority of it is from a minority of people who say they are supporters and make numerous outrageous and factually incorrect statements, but in reality have absolutely no knowledge of what's really going on at the club at any given time.

"I can only presume that it's their way of getting noticed and getting their 15 minutes of fame. I have no problem with criticism as long as it's accurate, factually correct and truthful. Unfortunately, most of what is alleged is total nonsense. That said l will always attempt to communicate and be open and transparent and will therefore, try to deal with as many of the recent comments truthful or otherwise below.

"As regards the people who are calling me a liar in respect my recent comments about potential investors or buyers for the club, l stand by everything l have said and will continue to do my best to achieve this. There is documentary evidence to support my comments that will be made available at the appropriate time."

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