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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.