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Bolton players report back for training after weekend strike

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WANDERERS’ players will report back to the training ground this morning to consider their next step in an unprecedented war of words with the club’s owner, Ken Anderson.
On Friday night, the whole squad announced via The Bolton News that they would not play in Saturday’s friendly against St Mirren because they had not been paid wages and bonuses due in June.
Anderson responded with a fierce condemnation of the strike, insisting he would not be “blackmailed or threatened” and warning he could take disciplinary action against those involved.

It is understood the players have sought the advice of the PFA. And of last night, Championship retention bonuses for those contracted to Wanderers last season remained unpaid. Other performance-related bonuses, for appearances and goals, were also outstanding, as we went to press.
The Football League have declined to comment on the situation.
Phil Parkinson takes his team to Atherton Colls tomorrow night and, at present, there has been no suggestion the fixture could be at risk.
It was hoped at the weekend the players had made their point to the club by withdrawing from Saturday’s game and that they could put the issue to bed as quickly as possible. But Anderson’s stinging riposte has not been well received – leaving Parkinson with a difficult task as he continues to build towards the Championship season in just 27 days.
The future of Ben Amos is also in considerable question, with the former Manchester United goalkeeper still to receive his salary for June.

Anderson said the player’s wage had not been paid because he had been talking to other clubs at the end of last month, adding: “This player is the club’s highest-paid player and costs the club in excess of £1million a year.”
The statement released by Wanderers’ players on Friday cited their support for players who had not been paid their wage – which at that point in time was both Amos and midfielder Chris Taylor.

Reports yesterday claimed Millwall and Ipswich Town could be willing to take the 28-year-old on loan this season.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/16340973.bolton-players-report-back-for-training-after-weekend-strike/

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Just because Amos was in negotiations elsewhere doesn't mean he shouldn't be paid his wage. Don't get me wrong he is very well paid and isn't on the breadline but KA can't just decide not to pay him without any comeback.
Just cancel his contract and let him leave, it at least gets him off the wagebill.

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Norpig wrote:Just because Amos was in negotiations elsewhere doesn't mean he shouldn't be paid his wage. Don't get me wrong he is very well paid and isn't on the breadline but KA can't just decide not to pay him without any comeback.
Just cancel his contract and let him leave, it at least gets him off the wagebill.

You can't just cancel a contract without both party's agreeing.

The club would have to pay up his contract (over £1 million) in order for him to go (a quarter of the BluMable debt that is crippling us - just to put it into some context).

I can see why Anderson want's him to go - even though he is obliged to keep paying his wages until his contract is up.

wanderlust

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It's not just Amos who hasn't been paid though is it? We're talking "appearances and goals" so it could well be the entire team.
And NONE of them were advised that the club couldn't afford to pay them on the due date - that lack of communication being cited as one of the main reasons for the action.

So what possible reason did Anderson have for not telling the players they wouldn't be paid on time?

Slipped his mind? I don't think so.

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wanderlust wrote:It's not just Amos who hasn't been paid though is it? We're talking "appearances and goals" so it could well be the entire team.
And NONE of them were advised that the club couldn't afford to pay them on the due date - that lack of communication being cited as one of the main reasons for the action.

So what possible reason did Anderson have for not telling the players they wouldn't be paid on time?

Slipped his mind? I don't think so.

There was only Amos not paid his June wages at the time of the strike and that was what Norpig and I were talking about.

How could you have possibly misunderstand what we wrote?






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