Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has come out in a show of solidarity with Bolton’s striking players.
Collymore, who is now a pundit, tweeted yesterday showing his support for the Wanderers players who have downed tools.
I support @OfficialBWFC players and staff who are taking direct action for the next 48 hrs.
If this happened more and sooner in situations of reckless ownership, fans, players and legends could oust poor ownership much sooner.
2 months without pay for anyone is NOT acceptable.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 1, 2019
Bolton’s players have taken this action as a result of their pay being delayed again amidst uncertainty over the financial situation of the club.
The most worrying thing about this latest episode is that, according to the Bolton News, general staff at the club have apparently been left unpaid as well.
With a crucial game against Ipswich in the offing, a strike now is hardly ideal preparation for the Trotters.
However, the Wanderers players are entirely justified in their actions. As well as wanting to be paid themselves, general club staff, some of whom will live hand to mouth, have been left in the lurch.
The fact that the club’s wage bill has been left unpaid and a new owner has yet to be found, sends alarm bells ringing ahead of tomorrow’s second court date with HMRC for a plethora of winding-up petitions.
Hopefully, by Thursday we’ll still have a club to continue supporting.
The sooner this mess finally gets sorted, the better.
In response to the players’ strike, Ken Anderson has just released a new column which can be viewed HERE on the club’s website.