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Bolton staff may not get January pay

 Posted by at 12:02 AM
Jan 212016
 

Financially troubled Championship side Bolton Wanderers have told staff they may not get paid this month.

Around 300 staff based at Bolton’s Macron Stadium and their two training grounds were informed of the situation on Wednesday morning.

A failure to
sell players or car park land have caused the funding problem.

On Monday, Bolton were given until 22 February to resolve issues that led to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs bringing a
winding-up petition .

At the time, it had been anticipated the club would be able to pay its salaries.

But the proposed transfers of midfielders Mark Davies to Sheffield Wednesday and Zach Clough to Bristol City had already fallen through and the sale of car park space close to the stadium has not gone through quickly enough to generate capital, leading to the
latest development  .

Bolton, who are bottom of the Championship, did earn £67,500 in prize money on Tuesday by beating
non-league Eastleigh to earn an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Leeds, but those funds are insufficient to cover the liability.

As the club is operating on a day-to-day basis, the situation could change very quickly, which would allow the wages to be paid.

Bolton’s players were not paid on time in November but this is the first time other staff have not been paid.

Facing the possibility of relegation to League One, Bolton are £172.9m in debt and under a transfer embargo for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. They owe HMRC £2.2m.

Interim chief executive Trevor Birch has been negotiating with potential buyers after owner Eddie Davies said he was willing to write off the debts but was not prepared to put any further money into the club.

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West Ham sign Leeds defender Byram

 Posted by at 9:59 PM
Jan 202016
 

West Ham have signed full-back Sam Byram from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old had
been in talks with Everton, but has instead signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Hammers.

“I’m unbelievably proud and happy to join a club as big as this,” said Essex-born Byram, who turned down a new contract with Leeds.

“I’m just looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I can achieve things with the team.”

Byram joined the Leeds academy set-up at the age of 11 and made his professional debut in August 2012.

He leaves Elland Road after making 143 appearances and scoring 10 goals.

“I spoke to the manager and he is one of the main reasons which attracted me to West Ham,” Byram said of Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

“I think he’s done unbelievably well with his team so far, so I’m really looking forward to working with him and his staff.

“My uncle and my cousin are big West Ham fans and have bought their tickets for the new stadium. My uncle was down here yesterday getting a shirt with my name on the back.”

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Jan 202016
 

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Highlights: Celtic 8-1 Hamilton

An “outstanding effort” from Nir Bitton and a Leigh Griffiths hat-trick help Celtic move six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after thrashing Hamilton at Celtic Park.

Commentary by John Barnes.

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Jan 202016
 

Blackburn have signed striker Danny Graham on loan from Premier League side Sunderland until the end of the season.

Graham, 30, is the Championship side’s third signing in January along with
Simeon Jackson and
Elliott Bennett.

He is expected to feature against Charlton on Saturday, but will be ineligible to play in their FA Cup fourth-round fixture with Oxford.

“I’m looking forward to the first game against Charlton and hopefully we can get off to a flying start,” he said.

“I’ve been playing a bit at Sunderland in the last few weeks, so I’m coming here with games under my belt.”

Graham joined Sunderland from Swansea in 2013 and has had previous spells on loan with Middlesbrough, Hull and Wolves.

“The transfer embargo has been lifted, so they want to sign players and move the club forward,”
he told the Rovers website. 

“To get out of Sunderland and have a fresh challenge is superb for me, so I’m delighted to get it done.

“I can’t wait to get going and hopefully we can pull together and move up the table.”

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Jan 202016
 
'It could have been more than eight'

Celtic could have scored more goals in their 8-1 hammering of Hamilton, according to manager Ronny Deila.

The hosts were 3-0 up after only 10 minutes thanks to Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic.

A hat-trick from Leigh Griffiths and goals from James Forrest and Callum McGregor helped move Celtic six points clear at the top of the Premiership.

“It was a great performance. It could have been much more than eight,” said Hoops boss Deila.

“In training we have looked better and better and you could see what kind of tempo we can play at if we play at our best.

“If they [Hamilton] look at themselves they will say they didn’t play very well, but we were good and that’s important to say.”

A string of Michael McGovern saves and an Eamonn Brophy goal were the only bright notes for Hamilton.

They have now gone eight games without a win and are above 11th-placed Kilmarnock on goal difference. The defeat at Celtic Park comes after a 4-1 Scottish Cup fourth-round defeat at League Two Annan Athletic.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

Griffiths goes home with the match ball after his hat-trick

“From us it’s totally unacceptable,” Accies boss Martin Canning told BBC Scotland.

“When you concede in the second minute and then three goals in the first 10 minutes when you come to Parkhead, you’re on a hiding to nothing.

“You’re looking for guys and leaders to go and stand up and take a grip of the team, and no-one did that.

Canning added that Tuesday’s performance was a far cry from the fighting sprit his side showed against St Johnstone on Saturday.

“One thing is for sure, our season won’t be dictated by what happens at Celtic Park. No-one wants to come here and lose the way we did, but we will make sure now that as a unit we bounce back and we go again on Sunday [against Hearts].

“There won’t be one person in that dressing room who won’t be hurting.”

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