Bolton manager and coaches help pay club staff

Bolton Wanderers’ coaches are using their own money to help pay administrative staff at the financially troubled club, says boss Neil Lennon.

Around 300 staff based at Bolton’s Macron Stadium and their two training grounds have not been paid this month.

“I’ve got staff who are struggling to make ends meet,” said 44-year-old former Celtic manager Lennon.

“That’s not a great scenario so some of us are having a whip round for a few of them just to keep them on board.”

On Monday, Bolton were given until 22 February to resolve issues that led to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs bringing a winding-up petition.

The Trotters, who are £172.9m in debt and owe HMRC £2.2m, did not pay their players on time in November but this is the first time other staff have not been paid.

Financial advisor Trevor Birch is currently trying to negotiate the sale of the club from owner Eddie Davies

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