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PFA help Bolton satisfy EFL ahead of season-opener

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PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has confirmed Wanderers are working alongside the players' union to get the club ready for the new season.

The end of a tumultuous off-season is now in sight for Phil Parkinson, with his Bolton side cleared by the EFL to kick off at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The club, and fellow crisis club Bury, were told to prove to the league they could start the 2019/20 season by 5pm on Monday.
And with the players’ union stepping in with the cash – rumoured to be around £2million – to pay creditors Wanderers can start their League One campaign.

The union’s chief executive, former Bolton player Taylor, confirmed the PFA has been working with Wanderers and told TalkSPORT: “It’s not been an easy time. They’ve been in administration since May and they are struggling to get things over the line.
“We’ve got the season coming and there have been a lot of efforts made by the new consortium.
“We’ve got our players, many of whom have left the club and are owed wages for five months, and many who are at the club, and basically it’s about whether we think it’s a glass that’s half-full or half-empty.

“As we’ve got the season coming we’ve showed some faith and working with the league and the Premier League and the individuals concerned we are doing our best to get it over the line.

“There was a board meeting at the league yesterday that approved it so at the moment it is fingers crossed.”

Wanderers will start the season looking to make up a 12-point deficit on their rivals following the sanction from the EFL for entering administration.
They have yet to discover what punishment will be imposed after they failed to fulfil their fixture at home to Brentford at the end of last season.
Bury, who will also have a 12-point deduction due to their own financial difficulties, are sure to incur the same additional penalty for being unable to play their opening fixture at home to MK Dons.

Meanwhile, Jeff Thomas has resigned as a director of Wanderers’ prospective new owners Football Ventures (Whites) Ltd.

He had been added to the directors’ list on Companies House in March, alongside Michael James, but while he is no longer a director he is believed to be remaining as a shareholder.

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