THE EFL have asked Wanderers owner Ken Anderson to explain why he has not paid players and coaching staff their February wages.

The first team squad issued a statement at 5pm to express their disappointment that the club owner had not fulfilled his promise to pay the outstanding salaries.

A complaint was also made via the players’ union, the PFA, who then asked the league to intervene.

An EFL spokesman said: “The EFL has today been informed by the PFA that the playing squad at Bolton Wanderers have not received their February 2019 payments.

“As a result, the EFL has taken the appropriate preventative steps in line with our stated policies in his area and we have asked the club for its observations.”

Wanderers’ players were told on Friday by Paul Aldridge – Anderson’s advisor – that the outstanding wages would be paid on Monday if a takeover had not been completed.

The news boosted the training ground and on Saturday Phil Parkinson’s side earned a 2-1 victory over Millwall to breathe fresh life into their survival hopes.

Players were angered today when no payment was forthcoming – prompting the release of the following statement.

“We, as a group of players, feel extremely let down by Ken Anderson once again,” it read.

“We were promised on Friday that our wages and the staff wages would be paid to us by today (Monday). Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. With no idea of when our wages will be paid our only option is to ask the PFA to take it up with the EFL and start proceedings on our behalf.

“Hopefully the issue gets resolved very soon so we can all move forward as a group and put all our focus into winning games of football and staying in the league.”