THE Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust say they can play a “major part” in life after administration.

Potential buyers have been given just five days to submit their bid – which must include a £25,000 fee to access the club’s financial ‘data room’ plus proof of funds totalling around £25 million.

As many as five groups are understood to have forked out cash to see the books from the 30-plus who initially contacted administrators Rubin and Partners to voice an interest, although no identities have been confirmed.

EFL regulations state clubs must be marketed for a minimum three-week period and that the supporters’ trust must be consulted. It does not, however, guarantee any exclusivity.

The trust say they are looking to work alongside any incoming owner to give supporters the greatest possible voice in the club.

And, in a statement released this weekend, they confirmed that positive talks had been held with administrators and other bidders with a view to securing a prominent role in the new-look regime. Fans have already helped the trust raise £18,500 for legal fees and professional advice while work has also continued behind the scenes to secure extra financial backing from local businesses and individuals which could be used to aid a bid.

“Whilst confidentialities must be maintained at this time, our focus is firmly fixed on being able to play a major part in collaborating with and assisting those who have the long-term stability and very existence of our club as their main aim,” the statement read.

“And on behalf of all those who hold BWFC so close to their hearts, we would like to thank all those who so generously contributed to our Fighting Fund to raise the funds which have allowed us to access and utilise the level of professional advice now needed. Thank you all.”

Administrators ideally want a new owner to be in place by the end of this month when pre-season training is due to begin.

There are considerable concerns within the club, however, on how preparations can realistically begin with players and coaching staff still unpaid since February.