PHIL Parkinson knows the extent of his January recruitment could hinge on Ken Anderson’s ability to sell Bolton Wanderers.

With finances tight at the University of Bolton Stadium, the chances of Parkinson being able to improve his squad next month look slim.

But with Anderson understood to be upping his efforts to sell up, the Bolton boss holds out some hope he will be able to strengthen what has developed into another fight against relegation from the Championship.

“I think the chairman has said in the paper several times that he’s looking to sell the club,” said Parkinson after Wanderers’ 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic. “It’s been out there in the media that he’s trying to find someone who can invest money into the club.

“If that happens before January it would be great for us. If it doesn’t then we’ll have to do what we have for the last two years and that’s dig deep and work hard for each other.”

Players were not paid last week but have been promised by Anderson that money will be in their accounts by this Thursday.

The situation had a big impact on preparation for the Wigan game but Parkinson was pleased with the professionalism shown by his players.

“We told the lads we understood what has been going on but we had to put in a performance which represents us all as people,” he said. “One of honesty and commitment. We didn’t want any hard-luck stories, just roll our sleeves up and concentrate on what we have to do.

“I think the lads did that well. They didn’t let it affect them. Credit to them for that.”

Parkinson also paid tribute to the fans, whose backing remained steadfast despite a winless run now extended to 16 games.

“The supporters understand the situation surrounding the training ground and I felt they came here with that in mind and back the players terrifically well,” he said.

“I thank them for that because they don’t like seeing their club getting in the papers for the wrong reasons. This is a club with great tradition and history.

“But all the lads can do is wear the shirts with pride, and I felt like they did that today.”