Phil Parkinson: 'Mr Bassini, Leave Us Alone'

  • August 10, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has pleaded with Laurence Bassini to drop his injunction case against the sale of Bolton Wanderers, and urged administrators to get a deal done.

Parkinson took a back seat on Saturday and allowed the duo of Nicky Spooner and Gavin McCann to take leading roles, as the youngest team in Wanderers history held Coventry City to a goalless draw at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Hours before the game was due to kick-off, it emerged security staff at the stadium had been informed of Bassini's intention to attend and that he was to be refused entry at all costs.

The former Watford owner claims to have received a written agreement from outgoing chairman Ken Anderson prior to the Trotters' placement into administration and is seeking to block a deal between administrators and prospective owners, the Football Ventures consortium.

Parkinson claims to have had enough of the boardroom struggle, however, and has made a strong appeal for all concerned to conclude a deal with the utmost of urgency.

"The lads had to send a message today," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We have done our bit. Throughout the pre-season the staff have come in unpaid. We had Ben Williams taking the goalkeepers today - he hasn't been paid, hasn't got a contract, but keeps coming in.

"We have organised pre-season professionally, brought players in on trial, played friendlies behind closed doors.

"The lads came in today and did exceptionally. Nicky Spooner and Gavin McCann deserve a lot of credit for what they have done and their preparation with the team.

"But now it's down to the people behind the scenes to do their bit. No more messing about.

"Get your heads together quickly and sort this mess out because everybody is absolutely sick and tired of it.

"Mr Bassini, leave us alone. Please, just leave us alone. Leave this great club alone to get on with rebuilding its future, putting it back together.

"That's my message - as a staff, right the way through, people have done their bit. Now whether it's administrators, new people buying the club, trustees, old owners of the club, whoever it is, come on, get yourself sorted and out of this mess quickly."

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