League bosses are running out of patience with the consortium, who have been ready to complete a deal to buy the club for some time and they now want some assurances the season curtain-raiser at Adams Park will not be affected.
An official statement was issued by the EFL last week, where new executive chair Debbie Jevans expressed “significant concern” at Wanderers’ situation – but behind the scenes and over the weekend, Bolton’s potential new owners and administrators of both the club and hotel have been pressed hard for answers.
Players and staff at Wanderers are growing increasingly impatient at the delays but have been told there could be an update at the training ground today.
If the squad remains unpaid, there are no guarantees that Phil Parkinson will be able to pick his contracted senior players for the Wycombe game, which might force the league into pre-emptive action if they feel the integrity of the competition could be comprimised.
It is understood Football Ventures are now at an advanced stage to buy The Bolton Whites Hotel, having solved a funding issue on Friday. But the time taken to achieve a sale has already had a major impact on recruitment, season ticket and merchandising sales.
The EFL have already got tough with neighbouring Bury, who have been warned they must provide financial documentation for their League One clash with MK Dons to go ahead.
Wanderers are at least going into the new season on the back of a victory, courtesy of Erhun Oztumer’s second-half goal in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Salford City, played at Lostock on Saturday.
He is one of seven contracted players who started the game – although former Sheffield United full-back Danny Lafferty was not included in the squad. He is expected to resume training at Lostock this week.
Harry Brockbank, David Wheater, Craig Conway and Ben Pringle are among the players who are waiting on news of a contract.
Meanwhile, former Wanderers keeper Jake Turner is reportedly on trial with Premier League Newcastle United after administrators did not offer him a new contract this summer.