Andrew Taylor Blasts EFL Over Bolton Situation

  • April 30, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Andrew Taylor has criticised the EFL for the way they have dealt with off-field events at Bolton in recent months.

Taylor, speaking on behalf of the Wanderers squad in his role as Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) representative, admits players are unaware of developments in the boardroom and, like their fellow staff and supporters, have been kept in the dark.

32 days since wages for the month of March were due to arrive in bank accounts - with April's salary payments also due today - Taylor has revealed discussions with Ken Anderson have come to a halt and the decision to strike, forcing the postponement of a Championship fixture against Brentford, was a last resort.

"We've been trying to get answers for the last few months," Taylor told talkSPORT.

"Unfortunately, Ken Anderson is a difficult man to get in touch with. We've been liaising through Paul Aldridge, who then has to go back to Ken, and over these last two months answers and communication has completely stopped.

"We are in no clearer place than anybody else - in terms of fans and media. We don't know anything and that's one of the big problems for us as a group."

Taylor was also heavily critical of the league body, believing they need to put their authority to good use instead of effectively forcing academy players from crossing a picket line to face professional opposition.

"The EFL, and this is my personal opinion, certainly need to do more," he said.

"I think the way they've handled the situation has been poor.

"I think the statements that they released regarding us having to play the game.

"Asking them (under-18s) to crossover was bad but also expecting kids of 16 and 17 years-old to actually go into a first-team Championship game against Brentford, there's no consideration to players' well-being or anything like that.

"It seems like they just want to fulfil their fixture list. I could be wrong and if they've got a better explanation, I'd love to hear it because we don't get to hear anything.

"I spoke to Shaun Harvey (EFL chief executive) on Thursday night. I told him of our intentions and since then, nothing. We're just reading the statements that get released."

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