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Update emerges on significant off-pitch agreement at Bolton

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Bolton Wanderers are reportedly struggling to come to an agreement with their squad over wage deferrals.

The delay to the EFL season, which has now gone on for more than a month, has caused financial issues for clubs up and down the country.

The EFL have provided a £50 million relief fund, while the Premier League has pledged an additional £125 million to help clubs out lower down the English football pyramid but many are still being forced to take action to mitigate the current crisis.

In a joint statement from the EFL and PFA last week, a suggestion for league-wide 25% wage deferrals for League One and League Two clubs was made.

According to Bolton News, however, progress has been limited at Bolton over an agreement for their players to defer wages.

It is understood that the club have suggested talks with players and the PFA are ongoing but sources close to the Trotters have indicated not much progress has been made.

The North West club has already placed all non-essential football and non-football staff on the government furlough scheme.

If, how, and when the 2019/20 season will be concluded remains unknown but it looks as if Bolton will be relegated should it resume.

Having started the season with a 15-point deduction, the Trotters are bottom of League One and 21 points adrift of safety.

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The Verdict

This isn’t great news for Bolton, who have made more than their fair share of off the field financial issues over the past few years.

Last weeks’ statement seemed to signify that agreements over wage deferrals would be quicker and simpler for League One and League Two clubs moving forward but it doesn’t appear to be working that way for the Trotters.

It will be interesting to see how quickly things progress over the next week or so, particularly if developments emerge of the conclusion of the season.


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