London - Troubled Championship club Bolton have been given two weeks to settle their debts and avoid a winding-up order after a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday.
Bolton were issued with a winding-up petition by British Revenue and Customs in February over an unpaid tax bill of £1.2 million, leaving them in danger of going into administration or liquidation.
They now have two weeks to find a buyer and barrister Hilary Stonefrost, representing the four-time FA Cup winners, told the court the club have a potential buyer lined up.
She asked for a 14-day adjournment to give the club time to complete a sale and settle its debts.
In financial turmoil since their 2012 relegation from the Premier League, this is the sixth time in 16 months that Bolton have defended a winding-up petition due to unpaid tax and VAT (value-added tax).
They won a similar stay of execution in the High Court three years ago to allow previous owner Sports Shield BWFC to complete a last-minute takeover.
Current owner Ken Anderson paid his players' February salaries late and the training ground was closed for a day earlier this month because there was no food or drink.
Angry Bolton fans clashed with police during a 5-2 defeat at Wigan last weekend, with Anderson reportedly advised to stay away for his own safety.
Second-bottom Wanderers sit eight points from safety with eight games remaining and are facing relegation to third-tier League One, which would effectively be confirmed if they are hit with the 12-point deduction that comes with a period in administration.
Coventry were the last English professional team to go into administration six years ago.