Bolton Wanderers are reportedly optimistic that they’re close to securing an agreement with their players over wage reductions and deferrals.
The delay to the EFL season has now stretched on for more than a month and it remains unclear if, how, and when the 2019/20 campaign will resume.
The suspension of the season and the uncertainty over its resumption has caused financial issues for clubs throughout the country and many have taken action in order to try and mitigate the situation.
A number of EFL clubs have secured wage deferral agreements with their players, coaches, and senior management, as well as furloughing members of staff.
Bolton are yet to secure such an agreement with their squad but, according to the Bolton News, the North West club are optimistic that it is not far off.
The report claims that potential wage reductions and deferrals have been discussed with players and that despite some resistance, progress has been made.
It is understood that negotiations have been amicable and that an agreement is expected to be reached before this month’s salaries are processed.
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It sounds like significant progress has been made and that an agreement is not far away between Bolton and their players, which is good news for the club.
The Trotters financial difficulties have been well-documented over the past few years, so it’s understandable they would look to do everything they can to mitigate the situation.
It remains unclear if and when we will get a resumption of the League One season but if it does restart, the Trotters face a mammoth task if they’re to avoid relegation.
Keith Hill’s side are bottom of the table – 15 points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining of the season.