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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

Paul Appleton and Asher Miller of David Rubin & partners were appointed as joint administrators of Burnden Leisure Limited and Bolton Wanderers Football and Athletic Company on Monday.

Administrators appointed to Bolton Whites Hotel

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.

The 125-bedroom hotel, situated within Bolton Wanderers’ University of Bolton Stadium, had ceased to operate on May 1 as the cash-crisis at the club deepened.

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.

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.

But it is the non-playing staff hit hardest. They feel embarrassed but there is another emotion — anger. One took a swipe at the English Football League. The EFL suggested the clubs youngsters would have to fulfil their ultimately unplayed fixture with Brentford and, after administration, announced that Wanderers would be deducted 12 points in League One next season.

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.

Mason, who has been at the club since the glory days of Sam Allardyce, believes that in a time of darkness there is light. On Tuesday, £2,000 of shopping vouchers arrived from local rivals Preston North End. He says Bolton have been inundated with offers of help from other clubs and beyond. Above all, the strength of the staff shines through.

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

As the clubs Professional Footballers Association representative, he did not realise his day job would provide work experience for his course. Taylor can trace problems back to the day he signed on loan and was told that the club was under transfer embargo but would soon be out of it. It went on for the rest of the season! he says.

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

Taylor, 32, has been stunned by what he has seen. We stayed up on the last day last season and there was a real buzz, he explains. But then we come in for pre-season and there was an issue with the training kit. I dont think the payment was authorised, so we ended up wearing mismatched gear — some new, some from last year.

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

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.

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, 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.

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

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…

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The pride of which Mason spoke was borne of their commitment to try to ensure, outwardly at least, that everything remains business as usual, despite…

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.

Top-flight stars earn £350k a week, yet the staff at Bolton are now having to rely on a food bank, writes Paul Joyce

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.

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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.

Though distraught at the thought staff at the University of Bolton Stadium have been offered the use of a food bank for essential supplies, Nolan does believe the appointment of an administrator at the start of the week should signal some along-awaited stability.

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

“All of us who love the club, were hoping this is now the start of something and [the club] can look forward again,” Nolan told BBC Radio 5 live.

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.

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.

Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season with a 12-point deduction in League One.

The April salaries of office and administrative staff are now two weeks overdue, while playing and coaching employees havent received a full wage since the end of February. To compound matters, the club entered into administration on Monday, leaving many fearing potential redundancies.

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.

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.

“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.”

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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.

Club chaplain Phil Mason told The Bolton News: “When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means.

“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.

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.

“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.

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.

“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.

Bolton were unable to play their final league home game of the season – against Brentford – after their players went on strike over their unpaid wages.

“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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