Kevin Nolan says he is “heartbroken” by Bolton Wanderers plight, while fellow former Bolton star Kevin Davies fears more clubs may face administration.
Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season with a 12-point deduction in League One.
The club have set up an emergency food bank with donations from local businesses to help staff who have not yet been paid their April salaries.
“I wouldnt be surprised if there were one or two more, with other clubs that have been to court recently,” 42-year-old former striker Davies told BBC Radio 5 Live.
THEY say you find out who your real friends are in times of need – and that is certainly the case at Bolton Wanderers.
“The EFL, the PFA [Professional Footballers Association] and the FA need to look at this a little more closely, because outside the Premier League it can be very difficult for clubs to maintain the sort of sustainability that everyone is trying to achieve.”
Emergency food bank set up to feed unpaid staff as football club goes into administration
Davies scored 73 goals in 351 league appearances for Bolton over a far more successful spell in the clubs history between 2003 and 2013.
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Ex-midfielder Nolan, who made 257 league starts for the club where he started his career as a trainee in the 1990s, hopes Wanderers entering administration can prove to be the start of a positive chapter.
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“All of us who love the club, were hoping this is now the start of something and [the club] can look forward again,” Nolan added.
“To be putting food banks up is a sorry state of affairs. Its heartbreaking to see. Im still very close with a lot of people there behind the scenes.
“There are people who have been there through thick and thin for Bolton who are now having to rely on food banks to make ends meet – its so sad.
“Im hoping this administration can get the club back on an even keel. Its a special club. We had some special times and I hope this is the start of more special things to come.”
For the food bank, businesses have helped provide toiletries and nappies, as well as tinned goods, pasta, rice, freezer meals, frozen vegetables and bread.
And the Community Trust have also been given assistance from within the wider football community, including an unnamed Championship club believed to be Preston North End.
Players are still owed wages for March and April, while the club could face further sanctions from the EFL after their final home match of the season against Brentford was ultimately called off when the playing staff went on strike over going unpaid.
It also revealed that a Championship club had sent the £2,000 worth of shopping vouchers to distribute to staff.
The Deepdale outfit have not looked to gain publicity from doing so and when asked for their views on the matter, stopped short at confirming it – instead focusing on the need for Bolton staff to be given assistance.
A PNE spokesman said: “It is more important at times like these that both their local community and the wider football community try to assist in any way possible.
“It is not something that is ever done in an attempt to gain positive publicity and therefore all we would do in making a comment is to send our very best wishes to all the staff at Bolton Wanderers FC and hope that others similarly find it within themselves to support the staff in their hour of need.”
Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season in League One with a 12-point deduction.