Phil Parkinson EXCLUSIVE: Bolton manager reveals awkward goodbye to players as club enters adm – talkSPORT

Phil Parkinson EXCLUSIVE: Bolton manager reveals awkward goodbye to players as club enters adm - talkSPORT

Bolton Wanderers: Kevin Nolan and Kevin Davies on clubs heartbreaking plight

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The Trotters boss insists he will not turn his back on the in-trouble club but says he faces losing a lot of his squad this summer

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson insists he will NOT turn his back on the in-trouble club, but has revealed to talkSPORT his awkward goodbye to his players as they face an uncertain future.

Andrew Hosking, Sean Bucknall and Michael Kiely, partners at business advisory firm Quantuma, have been appointed joint administrators of Bolton Whites Hotel Limited.

Parkinson joined Jim White for an exclusive chat on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after cash-strapped Wanderers officially entered administration.

It means derided owner Ken Anderson is no longer in control after his attempts to sell his shares fell through, and the relegated side will begin their League One campaign on -12 points next season.

ADMINISTRATORS have been appointed at the Bolton Whites Hotel as it prepared to open its doors once again.

However, it seems there will be more on Bolton‘s agenda this summer than getting their finances in order, with Parkinson facing losing a number of his squad now the season is over.

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Preston North End believed to have helped out unpaid staff at Bolton Wanderers by donating £2,000 worth of shopping vouchers

Asked if he has said goodbye to some of his players for the last time, the Trotters boss said: Its a bit awkward, really, because a lot of the players are out of contract.

I just left it with them that Id be in touch when I know more. I contacted a couple of them yesterday to spread the news around that I had an initial meeting with the administrators.

image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News Bolton Wanderers have set up an emergency food bank for non-playing staff who have not been paid after the club went into administration.

Food bank for Bolton staff who have not been paid

In terms of contracts and wages still owed to them, hopefully that will become more apparent in the next week or so.

A court hearing last week heard that the club owes more than £1m in taxes and they will also start next season with a 12-point penalty because of their financial woes.

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Boltons penultimate game of the season against Brentford was scrapped after their players went on strike over unpaid wages.

“Theyre anxious about the future of the organisation they work for, they dont know whether theyre going to be kept on or made redundant and all those issues end up in places of stress and anxiety and that has an impact upon relationships at home, at work, and how they feel about themselves and their own self worth.”

And asked if he is also still owed money by the club, Parkinson said: Yes, all the staff are owed March and Aprils money.

“The reality is, one in three or four people will have mental health issues and they can be triggered by a whole variety of things, not least of course the fact a person has not been paid or is not sure when they will be paid,

A lot of people who work very, very hard for the club live month-to-month and theyre not having that wage packet coming in and that can cause problems.

“They have donated a significant amount in terms of Asda and Sainsburys vouchers so we can use those in order to get additional provisions for the food supplies that were offering to staff.”

Bolton Wanderers open emergency food bank for unpaid members of staff as club enter administration

So that needs to be rectified and the new administrators are obviously determined to give people some positive news in the coming weeks.

“Often there is this perception that within football, people are paid a kings ransom, but of course the reality is that a lot of staff behind the scenes are on significantly low wages.

Parkinson also paid tribute to the passionate staff who have kept Bolton running unpaid for their sheer love of their club.

Colours are worn with pride – white, blue, red, claret, tangerine – and nothing matters more than taking three points against a neighbouring town, at least until a situation develops like the one at Bolton which makes the whole sport sit up, forget the tribalism and take notice.

And he says the new owners, whoever they may be and whenever they swoop in to save the Greater Manchester outfit, will be lucky to have them.

There are a lot of very good people working at Bolton Wanderers who genuinely support the club, said the boss.

THEY say you find out who your real friends are in times of need – and that is certainly the case at Bolton Wanderers.

Food bank set up for unpaid staff at troubled Bolton

All the bad publicity the club has had over recent years, take that away and look at what a new owner can walk into, in terms of the stadium, the hotel, the training ground, the great history of the club.

Sir Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse – two legends of the game who would have condemned what has been allowed to happen at Wanderers

But not just that, the lifeblood of the club which is all those people who work behind the scenes, who would do that extra bit for the club and work without getting paid.

Overall, despite the mess that was Laurence Bassinis failed takeover attempt, Parkinson believes administration is a step in the right direction for the long-term future of the club.

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.

I feel its in good hands with the administrators, theyre determined to get the club sorted, but its going to be a long journey to get Bolton financially on an even keel again.

Unfortunately weve got to take the 12 point hit, but its probably a step in the right direction in terms of the long-term future of the club.

Phil Parkinson was speaking to talkSPORT in support of the Coast-to-Coast cycling fundraising challenge for the Stephen Darby Foundation.

Staff at the University of Bolton Stadium have been able to take advantage of free supplies, with donations to the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust being received from local businesses, charities and rival football clubs – with Preston North End known to have contributed supermarket vouchers to the value of £2,000.

Former Bradford City captain Darby announced his retirement last year after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and his former boss is joining the cause to raise money for the charity.

Kevin Nolan says he is “heartbroken” by Bolton Wanderers plight, while fellow former Bolton star Kevin Davies fears more clubs may face administration.

As a fan-driven website, it would be amiss of us to accept publicity and credit at what is such a difficult time for those involved. So, rather than request contributions ourselves, we invite you to donate directly to the Community Trust via their JustGiving page.

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.

While the Professional Footballers Association has provided a loan to enable some players to be paid after owner Ken Anderson withdrew his funding, many of the clubs administrative and support staff have not received anything and are relying on handouts.

“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.

Bolton, who were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship, entered administration on Monday and the clubs bank accounts have been frozen, leaving several of their staff desperately short of money.

“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.”

Employees of the club and the Bolton Whites Hotel have been offered fresh food donated by local businesses and charities while a rival Championship club, believed to…

Davies scored 73 goals in 351 league appearances for Bolton over a far more successful spell in the clubs history between 2003 and 2013.

Bolton Wanderers have been forced to open up a food bank at the club to provide basic essentials to staff who have not been paid for three months.

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.

At least if people can go home with some food to take for them and their families, then any money that they have got in spare capacity they can use for outstanding bills, for putting petrol in their car, for any other things that they might have within their families that need support of that type

“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.

Phil Mason, the club chaplain, said the fact that staff continued to come to work despite not being paid shows their "incredible" resilience and enthusiasm during a very difficult period.

“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.

Employees at the club have now gone without pay for two weeks due to the club's long-running financial crisis, which yesterday saw them placed into administration.

“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.

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