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Bolton Wanderers on the brink of collapse

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Bolton are on the verge of folding for good after the club failed to pay salaries to its players once they were put in administration last season.

Bolton are in a mess and if the mess isn’t cleared up, one of England’s oldest football clubs will cease to exist.

The Greater Manchester club has been in a financial mess and following relegation to League One, was placed in administration. As things stand, only six players are left in the first team with all players still waiting for their wages that haven’t been paid for five months.

It is a sad state of affairs and PFA chief executive, Gordon Taylor says that while the players’ union will continue to support players but the club has been left in a financial mess.

While speaking to talkSPORT, Taylor said that the issue might be taken up to FIFA because the administrators haven’t been able to handle the situation.

“We’ve made loans to the players and we’ll make more loans to the players.

“We’re dealing with the administrators but they’ve been involved since May now and we’re still not confident it will be resolved.

“I’ve explained to them the main thing at any football clubs is the players, and they’ve got a football creditors rule to make sure they’re paid their money.

“We’ve said to the EFL, ‘you’ve got to be strong enough to enforce your own regulations otherwise you’re leaving us no alternative but to go to FIFA’, the world governing body, where they will give those clubs sanctions and will determine whether they exist or not.

“That’s how serious the situation is now. The game is not looking after its players, there are contracts that are not being honoured and there are sanctions that should be put in place.

“The administrations have said we’ll defer the wages and it may be two years, but the average career is eight years so that’s a quarter of their careers – we can’t have that!

“We’re seriously considering now going to FIFA to get this matter resolved in the hope that would be the necessary pressure on them.

“The season is coming upon us, the club has got to have proper friendly games and it’s totally unsatisfactory. It’s extremely frustrating for us.”

On the PFA’s support of the unpaid Bolton players, Taylor added: “We will loan the players money; we don’t want to see any players in hardship, that’s what our funds are for.

“But it shouldn’t need to go to that, otherwise we’re just going to have more and more clubs with the same situation and the EFL is not grasping the nettle.

“We’ve already loaned a considerable amount of money and will loan them more money, but we need to know the administrators have got the resources.

“It’s happening at Bolton and there are similar situations at Bury, Macclesfield and Notts County.

“The game has never had more money going into it and yet I can’t recall when we’ve had four clubs where players have been owned money for such a length of time.”