Banks closed... No indication given to the players that they will be paid. #bwfc— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) April 26, 2019
This was surely inevitable. The Bolton Wanderers players have released a statement about tomorrows game, or otherwise lack of as the case may be;
“The long running financial crisis at our club has been well documented. As has the fact that we, the playing staff have yet to receive our March salaries.“Five of our coaching staff are also yet to be paid for March.
“We have endeavoured to continue our training and playing commitments during this extremely difficult time, with seemingly no resolution in sight.“We thought that the prospective takeover of the club would provide a solution, but difficulties in its completion has left us no further forward.
“This situation is creating mounting mental, emotional and financial burdens for people through no fault of their own.“The mental pressure has affected some people to the extent that they feel they are unable to perform their jobs sufficiently.
“These are unprecedented circumstances and are affecting every aspect of our lives, placing great strain on ourselves and our families.“During this time we have remained patient in hope of some explanation but information from the club has been extremely limited and very confusing. What we have been told changes constantly.
“With deep regret we have decided not to fulfil our remaining fixtures unless we are paid.“We understand that this will disappoint our fans and for this we sincerely apologise.
“We realise this may be seen as drastic action but we feel we have no other options left.“This decision has not been taken lightly and is not a reaction to this one particular incident.
“We have suffered numerous issues this season, and recent seasons. Brought on by the mismanagement of this club.“We have been operating in a near untenable environment for some time and it is the accumulation of these issues that have resulted in our decision.”
The PFA are on record as backing the players and have also drawn reference to the support they have given to the club this season;
The PFA supports the actions of the Bolton Wanderers players.— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 26, 2019
The players have shown great patience and loyalty towards the club all season, but today, they have reached a point where action is necessary.#BWFC
Full statement: https://t.co/qRCgrVyWCT pic.twitter.com/aZXD6y6T5f
We will continue to support and represent the players and work towards a longer-term solution in the best interests of the players and Bolton Wanderers Football Club.#BWFC— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 26, 2019
Brentford currently expect the game to go ahead and either way this will be causing a lot of disruption to their players and fans;
The Brentford squad are travelling north this evening to stay overnight ahead of the game at University of Bolton Stadium— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) April 26, 2019
We expect the fixture to go ahead, but will update supporters straight away if this changes.#BrentfordFC