Laurence Bassini says he will pay Bolton players March wages before Brentford game
Bassini says he will hold further talks in a bid to get Saturday's game against Brentford back on
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 26/04/19 10:46pm
Bolton’s prospective new owner Laurence Bassini has assured the club’s players will receive their unpaid wages before Saturday's game with Brentford, in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News.
The Wanderers players say they will not play in their final two Sky Bet Championship fixtures of the season unless they receive their March salaries before Saturday's clash at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Bassini, who has concluded a deal with current owner Ken Anderson to take over the cash-strapped club subject to English Football League approval, cannot actually pay the players until his purchase is ratified by the EFL.
But speaking in the Sky Sports News studio on Friday, Bassini insisted: "I'm going to get the game back on.
"I'm going to be speaking with the players after I leave here. It's not the players' fault. They've been messed about so much.
"I don't have control to pay them. I'm not allowed. The accounts are frozen. Ken Anderson doesn't pay anyone. (But) I'm going to pay them. That's why I've transferred £1m so they get paid. I wanted to pay them this afternoon.
"Anderson was supposed to send across the shares certificate but he's coming up with lots of excuses. He cannot put any ultimatums. He does not have any authority to do that."
In a passionate defence of his intentions for the Lancashire club, Bassini brought with him a Bolton shirt with his name on the back, and declared: "I'm not going to pull out, I'm here and I believe in this team.
"I want the Bolton fans to know I'm not giving up on you and staying with you guys. It is going to be fine everybody. This club is going to be safe and secure. I'm not going to let anything happen to it."