Players to be Paid as Bolton Accept PFA Assistance

  • December 10, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has reached an agreement with the Professional Footballers' Association over unpaid wages for the month of November.

Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson, his backroom staff and players at the University of Bolton Stadium had been due to receive their salary payments on November 30.

A conference call between Anderson and senior players was held that afternoon, during which word was given that monies would be sent by the following Tuesday.

That failed to materialise, however - as did a further promise of payment by Thursday - prompting players to seek the support of their union, who have since supplied a loan to the club which is reported to cover 50% of the total owed - which is due to be topped up by Anderson and forwarded to players on Tuesday morning.

In his latest chairman's column, posted at, Anderson once again criticised the media's handling of Bolton's financial affairs and hopes the intervention of The PFA will bring an end to the latest conflict.

"Last Thursday I had what I thought was a constructive and meaningful discussion with several senior players and management, where I made a proposal to them about the payment of their November salaries," Anderson said.

"At the end of the discussion they thanked me for explaining and clarifying the position and said they would speak with the rest of the squad and get back to me.

"Later on Thursday one of the senior players sent me a text saying, 'we appreciate the offer you have made to us. Gordon Taylor from the PFA is going to act on our behalf and call you ASAP.'

"Unfortunately, this meant that the payment proposal that I had made to them would now be further delayed.

"I subsequently had a friendly and constructive telephone conversation with Gordon Taylor from the PFA where he asked me if we needed any financial help and if they could assist us in any way. To be absolutely clear Gordon called me and the club had not previously approached the PFA for any financial assistance.

"During the conversation with Gordon we reached an agreement, but unfortunately the documentation that subsequently followed on Friday did not reflect what I thought had been agreed, which further delayed everything yet again.

"I had another conversation with Gordon yesterday (Sunday) and what I thought had been agreed is now accepted and hopefully will bring this matter to a swift end and we can all move on."

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