MORE than 300 staff at Bolton Wanderers could go without pay this Christmas as the financial disaster continues to bite at the Macron Stadium.

No guarantees have been given to administrative or managerial personnel that they will receive their December pay packet, which is due on the 21st of the month.

The Bolton News understands that the matter hangs on whether the club can find a new buyer in the next seven days, although other short-term funding options are being investigated, which are thought to involve the hotel and offices adjoining the ground.

Senior players went without pay in November, with the PFA called in 24 hours later to an emergency meeting to explain their options.

The union has said it would step in to help with salaries but only if Wanderers were to go into administration, which would be a strong possibility if new ownership is not agreed quickly as a winding up order from HMRC is imminent.

They are paid at the end of the month, but like the non-footballing staff, have also been given no guarantees that they will be paid for either November or December.

Despite the problems, the whole of Neil Lennon’s squad turned out for the Junior Whites Christmas party tonight.