Phil Parkinson Fumes as Bolton Wages Go Unpaid

  • February 28, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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As February comes to a close, Bolton Wanderers are back in the news after it emerged none of their employees were paid their monthly salaries.

On Wednesday evening, it emerged players and coaching staff had been told to expect a delay, with The Bolton News reporting office and part-time staff had received no warning or clarification of any kind.

With discussions regarding a takeover of the club entering the closing stages, doubts had been cast all week on whether wages would be paid or not - with current owner Ken Anderson reluctant to part with further funds while the EFL carry out their due diligence process on Football Ventures (Whites) Limited - a consortium headed by Parminder Basran, Sharon Brittan and entrepreneur Jeff Thomas.

When business closed at 5pm on Thursday, staff had failed to receive payment - with dialogue from Anderson or his advisors unforthcoming.

Phil Parkinson, who is understood to be waiting on a bonus earned by keeping Wanderers in the Championship nine months ago, has admitted to becoming frustrated with ongoing off-field distractions and hopes a positive resolution will come to fruition sooner rather than later.

"It really frustrates me when they [the players] came in this morning and we're organising everything we've got to do for this preparation but half the talk is about the wages and the club," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"You're trying not to let it detract, but it's inevitable that it does because that's what everybody wants to talk about.

"That's not just myself and the players. It's the kitman, the people who look after the pitches for us - who do such a great job - the chef, and everybody.

"They're concerned because mortgages come out today or tomorrow, and that is a worry for people."

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