BOLTON EARN THEIR POINT BUT WAIT FOR THEIR PAY

Daily Mail - - Barclays Premier League - By NEIL ASHTON and CHRIS WHEELER

An­gry Bolton play­ers face a show­down with of­fi­cials to­day af­ter learn­ing the club have failed to pay their wages.

They have called in the PFA to me­di­ate af­ter the strug­gling club ad­mit­ted they don’t have the cash to meet their monthly salary bill.

Play­ers had a meet­ing with man­ager neil Len­non to deal with economics rather than tac­tics be­fore fac­ing Brent­ford last night — and were a goal down af­ter only 10 min­utes as John Swift (right) struck with a fine drive.

Bolton fought back to draw 1-1 but the fallen Premier League club — who are rooted to the foot of the Cham­pi­onship eight years to the month since they drew at Bay­ern Mu­nich in the UEFA Cup — are up for sale for £20mil­lion.

Isle of Man-based owner Ed­die Davies is pre­pared to wipe out the £179.2mil­lion debt ow­ing to him if a buyer can be found.

Former Bolton play­ers Dean Holdsworth and Ste­lios gian­nakopou­los are in­volved in ri­val con­sor­tiums ne­go­ti­at­ing a takeover.

In­sol­vency spe­cial­ist Trevor Birch, who helped or­ches­trate ro­man Abramovich’s pur­chase of Chelsea, has been ap­pointed to fa­cil­i­tate the sale, with chair­man Phil gart­side cur­rently un­able to work through ill­ness.

Birch will meet the club’s an­gry play­ers to­day to dis­cuss a wages pay­ment plan.

He is also in ne­go­ti­a­tions with po­ten­tial bid­ders as he at­tempts to stave off the threat of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Bolton, who were rel­e­gated from the Premier League in 2012, are los­ing £1m ev­ery month and have had to ap­proach a fi­nance house for ad­di­tional fund­ing be­cause the banks will no longer give them an over­draft af­ter their para­chute pay­ments ceased.

Len­non paid trib­ute to his play­ers af­ter the game and laughed off ap­par­ently be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of a foul­mouthed in­sult from one of his own team.

‘Their at­ti­tude was great,’ he said. ‘They didn’t let the sit­u­a­tion af­fect them and re­acted well to go­ing a goal down. We just couldn’t get the sec­ond goal but I couldn’t have asked for more.’

Len­non even down­played an ap­par­ent in­sult from gary Ma­dine, who called him a ‘p****’ dur­ing an ex­change af­ter the sub­sti­tute wasted a chance. ‘I don’t know what he said — he’s a geordie so I can’t un­der­stand him,’ said Len­non. ‘It was prob­a­bly re­cip­ro­cated! But I didn’t hear it — good job for him.’

Dean Smith, Brent­ford’s in­com­ing boss, watched from the stands as Lee Cars­ley’s han­dover from a suc­cess­ful care­taker spell threat­ened to heap more mis­ery on Len­non. Wan­der­ers dom­i­nated the open­ing half only to trail to Swift’s strike. Brent­ford came close to adding on the break but were rocked by neil Danns’s 20-yard vol­ley just past the hour. That equaliser changed the mood as Bolton went all out for a first win in 12 games.

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