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Ken Anderson addresses BWFC staff amid takeover & wage issues

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Bolton Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson has this afternoon addressed club employees regarding the delay in payment of all February salaries after it emerged that nobody had been paid at the close of play on Thursday evening.

This news was then followed up this morning with concerned supporters querying the outgoing of their season ticket direct debits which remained in accounts implying an accounts issue at the club’s end to which they are expected to make a statement on later today.

A degree of re-assurance then arose courtesy of Marc Iles at the Bolton News, announcing that it was expected that staff payments were simply overdue.

Ken reportedly contacted all staff at the club via email and by early afternoon, the nature of such was then leaked on social media to which there was much confusion regarding its legitimacy.

However, a paper copy of the initially leaked document has since come to light, appearing to clarify that this was an official response from the Chairman.

The message issued by Anderson re-informed colleagues of his agreement in principle with a buyer to acquire his shares in Burnden Leisure before stating the delay in the completion of said agreement until next week.

A statement of intent then followed regarding the staff’s wages are assuringly asked for their “continued patience” whilst he worked “through the sale process”.

Ken continued by vowing to keep employees informed on the matter in the coming days prior to closing with an ominous statement which read “the delay does now enable me to talk to two other parties as well.”

As a supposed gesture of good will, Anderson’s also offered full time staff personalised food hampers for those struggling this weekend but seemingly made no such promise to part time staff.

Neither matter regarding the direct debits nor the staff wages have been formally announced or dealt with for that matter as of yet and confirmation is therefore awaited from club outlets.

Should this affect further takeover negotiations and the livelihoods of Bolton Wanderers employees, backlash can and should be expected.