Friday 19 January 2018

Bolton win respite amid debt crisis

Bolton boss Neil Lennon
Bolton boss Neil Lennon

Financially-troubled Bolton have avoided moves in the High Court to have the club wound up immediately.

The club, who are at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and owe HM Revenue and Customs £2.2m, were given until February 22 to find a rescue scheme.

The club said in a statement: "The High Court has given the club until February 22 to either close a deal with one of the potential buyers of the club or raise sufficient short-term funds from asset sales.

"This would enable the club to trade and make payments on the debts owed to HMRC and other creditors."

Trevor Birch, advisor to the owner and board at Bolton Wanderers, said: "HMRC takes a very strict approach towards football clubs. Despite the club putting forward a solution, utilising funds generated from its assets that would have enabled repayment of its debt in full over a period of a few months, HMRC refused to agree to an adjournment to give effect to the plan.

"With that in mind, it is pleasing that the High Court rejected its wish to liquidate the club and that it has given the club time either to raise funds and or conclude a sale."

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