Ken Anderson Blasts Bolton Players and Management

  • April 02, 2019 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/f1896

Ken Anderson has launched a scathing attack on Bolton's players and management, after they refused to report for training amid a 48-hour strike over unpaid wages.

As a show of solidarity and support to non-footballing staff at the University of Bolton Stadium, players were absent from their Lostock training base on Monday and Tuesday after salaries were once again delayed for the month of March.

The Wanderers chairman has criticised the move, however, suggesting results prior to Christmas were not good enough - with players unable to hide behind any excuse of financial problems at the time.

In a statement, posted at bwfc.co.uk, Anderson said: "The players' decision to go on strike is very disappointing and once again, I would reiterate that in my three years at the club, the staff have only been paid late once and yesterday was only the second time.

"Likewise, the players have also only been paid late three times. The reality is that they have always been paid.

"We are not the only club to have paid players late and there are many precedents of this happening.

"Indeed, I was told yesterday that at least at one club, the players were buying their own food and doing their own laundry for many weeks, but to the best of my knowledge, none of the players at those clubs went on strike and let's remember, yesterday was only April 1st, so it is not as if it is weeks late, is it?

"However, I accept that two wrongs don't make a right and everyone should be paid on time.

"I have read that the players and management staff have said that being paid late does not actually motivate them to go out and perform on the pitch.

"That is fully understandable, but perhaps they could also explain why the results up to Christmas were not exactly impressive either?

"That all said, l have to apologise to all the non-playing staff for the delay in paying their salaries and whilst there are sufficient funds in the club bank accounts to pay them, it is not currently possible until after April 3 for legal reasons and l sincerely apologise to everyone unreservedly for this and would again request their continued patience during these difficult times.

"Fortunately, they did not choose to go on strike and their loyalty to the club cannot be questioned, unlike the players' decision, which unfortunately has a negative rather than a positive logic behind it.

"I am not quite sure what the players think striking will achieve."

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