Andy Taylor: People 'Would Have Swung for Ken Anderson'

  • July 31, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Andrew Taylor believes people would have 'swung' for Ken Anderson had he shown his face in the Bolton dressing room last season.

Taylor, who is currently a free agent after his contract at Bolton expired in June, is amongst a host of current and former players owed money by Wanderers dating back more than five months.

With the club in administration and a takeover by Football Ventures (Whites) Limited yet to be officially confirmed, staff and players remain in limbo over salary payments and Taylor believes the warning signs were there for all to see.

"When the money didn't come you thought, 'oh well, it will'," Taylor told The Telegraph.

"The longer it went, the tension grew, and the anger. I think there were people who would have swung for Ken Anderson if he'd come in the dressing room.

"It was such a difficult position for the gaffer (Phil Parkinson). He was getting fed things from above, which he'd pass on to us and they turned out to be not true. So that makes you start to question him.

"He was giving it: 'come on lads let's get out training we're getting paid tomorrow'. When we didn't his credibility was hammered.

"A group of lads wanted to go on strike. We managed to keep everyone going for five, six weeks. But it was all down to lies. We were getting fed things from above saying you're going to be paid, so that would diffuse things. We'd all say, 'right, it's going to be sorted, let's get through this game'. Then Monday would come, no money.

"It got to point where everyone was fed up. We decided to go on strike the second last game of the season, against Brentford. We were already down, so there was nothing at stake. We thought it would make enough noise to get something sorted. We were wrong about that too.

"The gaffer is still there, but he only has seven players. Say the takeover does go through they're going to need another 14 players. Where are they going to get them from? It wouldn't be the easiest sell: 'come to a club heading for League Two and by the way, you won't be paid'.

"People are embarrassed to be a Bolton fan, that's the saddest thing. A football club should be a source of pride in the community. Whatever happens next, the first priority should be to bring the pride back."

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