PHIL Parkinson has revealed financial problems at Wanderers mean his chief scout, Tim Breacker, is no longer able to travel to games to assess the opposition.

The Wanderers boss, who takes his side to Derby County tomorrow afternoon, says his trusted aide has not been paid since January and cannot now afford to drive around the country to give reports.

Bolton's players have not been paid their March wages and met with PFA chiefs yesterday to discuss their options.

It is understood a firm date has not yet been set on when they will be paid.

Parkinson provided an update on Breacker, who joined the club in the summer of 2016 from Bradford City, at his pre-match press conference.

“Tim Breacker hasn’t been paid for three months,” he said. “He can’t afford to put diesel in his car and go to watch games to help us work on the opposition. There is no sign on when he is going to get any of his money."

Parkinson hopes his players can put pay issues to the back of their mind when they travel to Derby County tomorrow.

“There are a lot of smaller scenarios around the club which are causing problems," he said, "but we have to explain everything to the players, and as matchday approaches we have to go out there and play in front of 30,000 people. We have to try and embrace that and use it as a way of forgetting about the money issues.”