Gary O'Neil: Wages Still Haven't Been Paid

  • October 02, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Gary O'Neil has revealed he and a number of out-of-contract players are still awaiting back payment of wages from Bolton.

O'Neil, who left Wanderers when his contract came to an end on June 30, had been linked with a return to the University of Bolton Stadium prior to Phil Parkinson's departure as manager in August, but remains without a club almost two months into the current campaign.

Unconfirmed reports indicate outstanding salaries owed to former players will be paid during the first week of November, but O'Neil admits to feeling sympathetic towards his younger professional colleagues.

"A few of the lads that left still haven't (been paid)," O'Neil told talkSPORT. "We got February's wages so we haven't received any since March.

"We believe there's something going on with the new owners and that we should be getting something very shortly.

"The lads that stayed were needed to play so they received theirs, but the lads that were let go in the summer haven't been paid yet. We're still waiting.

"It was different for everybody. I'm getting towards the end of my career - you start to get more sensible with your money anyway because you know the end is coming.

"I can ride out six months or whatever it may be and I'm playing football at that point for the sake of keeping playing football. But some of the lads were really struggling.

"If it happened to me when I was 22 and I used to spend everything I got as I got it, I would have been in trouble with not being paid for a month, let alone six months.

"I would imagine some of the lads have found it very difficult."

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