EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans says she “completely understands” criticism from Bury and Bolton fans as she tells Sky Sports News the league does “care” about both clubs.
Bury face expulsion from the EFL on Friday if owner Steve Dale is unable to prove their funding, and are under a 12-point deduction in Sky Bet League One, unable to fulfil any of their fixtures due to their financial problems.
Bolton were hit with the same penalty but have been allowed to play their matches, including a 5-0 loss to Tranmere, but their recent game against Doncaster was postponed due to welfare concerns for younger players.
Bury’s problems stem from a lack of proof of funding, currently unable to pay players and staff, while Bolton’s issues have arisen from a complex legal battle involving Ken Anderson, Laurence Bassini and Football Ventures.
What is happening at Bolton?
Laurence Bassini agreed to buy Bolton from Kevin Anderson in April but the deal fell through, with another potential buyer, Football Ventures, seeing a proposed takeover blocked by a court order. However, the sale of Bolton to Football Ventures is now allowed to proceed after the court order was adjourned.
Bolton boss Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin have resigned but there was good news last week when a court order blocking Football Ventures’ takeover of Bolton was lifted, meaning a sale can now proceed.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, EFL executive chair Jevans issued a message to both Bury and Bolton fans.