Senior Bolton players have been forced to step in to pay for some of their younger team-mates’ travel costs as the clubs’ financial crisis worsens.
Players have – on occasion – not been paid their salaries on time and the protracted sale of the club drags on – with Wanderers fighting off several winding up orders at the High Court.
Bolton defender Andrew Taylor revealed how difficult things have become for the players in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, explaining how some players could not afford to travel to training.
“A couple of the lads helped out a few of the younger boys because they were unable to pay for their train ticket to get to training, Taylor said.
“So I do know we contributed to certain players to help them out and I’m sure talks will be ongoing now, so that if there are a few young boys who need help through this current situation I’m sure if we can, we’ll help as well.
“When you’re unsure of when you’re going to get paid, if you’re going to get paid and how much you’re going to get paid it does start to affect you. Because whether you are earning a £100 a week or a £100,000 a week you still have bills to pay, you live to your means and that causes stress.
“The biggest problem we face as a group is the lack of communication. We don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes, we don’t know if or when we are going to get paid or anything so that’s the difficulty we face at the minute.
“Through everything that’s going on we’ve stuck together, maintained a good attitude to everything but there’s only so much you can take as a group. When it starts to impact on your personal life and your family life, that then affects your working life.”
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