Ken Anderson, the outgoing owner of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, has insisted he has played no part in the collapsed takeover which has put the in-trouble club on the verge of liquidation.
On Monday, Bolton’s administrators delivered the devastating news they are 24 hours away from having their EFL membership revoked and the process of liquidation beginning.
The Trotters, a founder member of the Football League in 1888, do not have the funds to carry on trading and, unless the deal can be revived at the 11th hour, they will go out of business this week.
A statement from joint administrator Paul Appleton laid the blame at Anderson’s door, claiming he and his legal team were the only party not to agree to a potential sale of the club.
“At 5pm on Friday August 23, the completion of the sale of the football club and the hotel had been agreed by all parties and undertakings had been issued by all solicitors except those of Ken Anderson,” the statement read.
“Devastatingly, on Saturday morning that deal collapsed. At this stage, there seems little point in apportioning blame because that makes no difference to the staff, players, management, supporters and the community who have once more seen their club taken back to the brink.
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“On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.
“Unless there is a change of position from any of the parties involved, the process of closing down the club and ultimately placing Bolton Wanderers into liquidation will begin this week.”
But, in dialogue with Jim White later on Monday morning, Anderson insisted he has had no contact with the administrators.
The talkSPORT host said: “Moments ago Anderson texted me to say: ‘I’ve had no contract with any of the consortium or the trust since the appointment of the administrators, and wasn’t involved in any of the discussions or the delays over the last few months’.
“So he’s really passing the buck to his legal team.”
Bolton have been in crisis on and off the pitch.
They were relegated from the Championship last season and, after being placed into administration, began their new campaign in League One on minus 12 points.
Having lost a large number of senior players over the summer – with those remaining at the club finding their training ground locked up and without water when they returned for pre-season training, they have been forced to field a team made of youth-team players this season.
Bolton’s manager Phil Parkinson and assistant manager Steve Parkin resigned from their positions last week and the team lost Saturday’s home League One match to Ipswich 5-0.