Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has expressed his concerns over his club, comparing the Trotters’ financial situation to that of the one Rangers faced in 2012, reports the Bolton News.
Former Celtic manager Lennon, who was in charge of the Scottish giants when their rivals, Rangers, went into a meltdown, has fears that the Whites could follow suit and face a player exodus next month, with the genuine possibility of facing liquidation.
The former Premier League club were hit with a winding-up petition from the HMRC over an unpaid tax bill last week, as well as both the players and staff not being paid for the month of November.
Another missed payment of the players wages would mean that they are able to cancel their contract with the club, which is what happened at Rangers before their liquidation in 2012.
Lennon has also admitted that the Gers’ situation which they faced looked a better one than what Bolton currently find themselves in at this current time, telling the Bolton News: ‘Rangers were in a lot stronger position than us in a footballing sense, although in the end they went into liquidation.
‘It’s not an easy scenario for a manager and it was certainly difficult for Ally McCoist going through that process at the time. Players did get up and go – they exercised their right to go and play in England, and it was their right at the end of the day.’
‘It’s a scenario I don’t want to contemplate but it could come to realisation and there’s nothing I can do about it. I have no control of it whatsoever.’
The Trotters also face troubles on the pitch, as they currently sit five points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.
They face a crucial game against fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic this evening, with both teams regarding it as a six-pointer which could make or break their season.
Bolton fans… what do you make of Lennon’s comments? How do you go on from here? How big a game is it this evening against Charlton? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!