Neil Lennon has paid tribute to the Bolton Wanderers fans that helped raise money to aid unpaid staff at the club.
Fans set up a JustGiving page to support the staff who had not yet received their monthly wages, and at the time of writing, had raised over £7,000.
Although the club has now confirmed that staff will pick up their December wages, the money will be spread across three local charities, and the Wanderers boss commended the fans’ generosity at his press conference before tomorrow’s clash with Fulham.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the people who donated on behalf of the staff who weren’t getting paid,” said Lennon.
“Thankfully that matter has been resolved now, but the fact that people were willing to donate to help the staff out is a fantastic gesture.
“It’s obviously been a difficult period, but thankfully the staff are going to get paid now for December.
“I can’t thank the wonderful supporters enough, who have given up some of their money to help others at Christmas.”
While the takeover saga rumbles on, on the pitch, Bolton will be looking to use their two-goal comeback against Charlton as a springboard when they welcome Fulham to the Macron.
Even though Wanderers have not won in 15 games, performances have been respectable, and Lennon is hoping that a game against the managerless Cottagers, themselves winless in seven, could be the perfect pre-Christmas tonic.
“We’re coming off the back of a good performance and hoping we can put another good performance in on Saturday.
“Fulham are a very exciting team to watch because they score a lot of goals but they do concede at the other end, so hopefully we’ll be able to capitalise on that.
“Three points would make a huge difference, and that’s the only thing that’s really held us back, the level of performance in most games has been good.
“Fulham don’t travel that well – there’s also been an inconsistency about them, and hopefully we’ll be able to capitalise on that.
“As for the takeover, I’d love to just concentrate on the football again. There’s been interest without anyone putting the money in.
“These things take time, you need a good five or six weeks to look at something like this, so I think that’s what [financial advisor Trevor Birch] is trying to buy for all the potential suitors.”
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