PHIL Parkinson says the club has been “hung out to dry” by those responsible for the long-running takeover saga at Wanderers.

After seeing his untested team beaten 5-0 by Tranmere Rovers, the Bolton boss let fly after the final whistle, condemning the decision to let the game go ahead.

Parkinson and his medical staff wrote to the EFL voicing concern at the physical toll taken on his young players but was told the game would not be suspended.

“Asking young players to go again is not right,” he fumed. “We sent an email to the EFL explaining our concerns about the welfare of the young players playing these games in quick succession. We were told we had to play the game.

“A combination of the people not getting the deal to buy the club over the line and the tangled web involved in that and us being made to play the game has hung me, the staff and all the players out to dry.

“Honestly, it is unacceptable. This is Bolton Wanderers Football Club – a fantastic club with great history and we need a bit of help. If it is not going to be sold we need to be able to bring some players in. We can’t have this type of scenario thrown at us.

“Yes, it’s a great learning curve for the young players. We don’t want to ruin them. We lost Liam Edwards and Dennis Politic and there are others hanging on by a thread. It is unacceptable. I am absolutely livid.

“The lads, to be fair, have absolutely ran themselves into the ground. Tranmere did what you expect and identified that we are a tiring young team, they played a physical, direct game and tried to bully us. That’s what you have got to do to get a result and I don’t blame them one bit.

“That was a tough test for the youngsters and right up to the first goal they were brilliant. You can see it so clearly from the touchline that their fatigue sets in and we’re having to play the senior players out of position to form a team.”

Parkinson also turned his ire towards those who have – so far unsuccessfully - orchestrated the sale of the club.

He has called on the principle players involved in both club and hotel administration to get their act together quickly – and stop making the club suffer.

“We go back to the Wycombe game and they asked could we get a team out? We did,” he said.

“And now we’re three weeks later and in exactly the same situation.

“There are people out there saying they want to buy the club but they can’t get it over the line.

“Forget all the lawyers making loads of money out of this situation, the main players in the deal should go somewhere, sit down in a room, and don’t come out until it is sorted. It’s as simple as that.

“I’d imagine we are making some lawyers really, really rich. Sort this situation out.

“We are Bolton Wanderers, one of the founder members of the Football League, and we’ve had enough.

“It is just unacceptable.”