KEN Anderson has confessed that recruitment at Wanderers has not been good enough for the past two seasons.

In what could be interpreted as a parting shot, the Bolton owner admitted to mistakes in signing players who have not featured regularly enough in Phil Parkinson’s starting line-up.

Anderson claims Wanderers’ wage bill is not the lowest in the Championship – that status generally considered to belong to Rotherham United – and that some peripheral squad players are earning circa £10,000-a-week.

Last week it was revealed the club’s chief scout, Tim Breacker, can no longer afford to travel to games after going without payment for three months.

Anderson’s son, Lee, has also been regularly mentioned as a part of the recruitment team although he has never held an official position at the club.

“I accept that l have made mistakes along the way and l have to admit that the player recruitment over the last two seasons has not been good enough, in so far, as many of the players recruited have not started, or even been included in the matchday squads this season,” he said.

“With hindsight, this should have been addressed earlier, but as they say hindsight is a wonderful thing.

“That said, it should also be remembered that ours is not the smallest player budget in the league, as is often incorrectly stated and substantial salaries in excess of £500,000 are being paid to a number of players who have not been involved for most of the season.”

Wanderers’ first team squad and the whole of Phil Parkinson's coaching staff have still not been paid their wages for March, now 18 days late, and with Anderson admitting yesterday that he has now stopped funding the business completely that situation is unlikely to change before a change of control at the club.

“I still believe that the players' decision to go on a 48-hour strike on April 1 when their March salaries were not paid was premature and inappropriate and l question their explanation of why they did it,” he said.