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Vince hits out at Anderson as Doidge transfer row rumbles on

Vince hits out at Anderson as Doidge transfer row rumbles on
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Striker Christian Doidge has returned to Forest Green.

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince has questioned Bolton counterpart Ken Anderson's attitude towards running the Sky Bet Championship club.

Vince released a statement on Sunday confirming striker Christian Doidge would not be signing permanently for Wanderers after Anderson allegedly reneged on "a lot of promises" concerning the deal.

Doidge, 26, joined Bolton on loan at the end of August, with the switch expected to be made permanent in January.

However, Vince claims Rovers have paid the forward's wages for the last four months and that contracts have been breached.

Elaborating further on a conversation he recently held with Anderson, Vince told Sky Sports News: "They have paid nothing, literally nothing, for him for half the season and they don't care.

"He says to me 'you can seek a winding-up petition, you can bankrupt the club' he said 'I don't care, I'm a secured lender. I'll get my money back and you'll get 10p in the pound'.

"This is a man that lives and operates, I think, in this way."

Part of the initial statement on Vince's Facebook page said: "It became clear to us that Bolton entered into a contract to loan and then buy Christian last August without the means to honour it, and perhaps the intention to do so as well.

"Ken Anderson made a lot of promises on the last day of the transfer window, both to Christian and FGR, and has kept none of them.

"This is all his work and from talking to Ken he feels immune from the consequences – but some of these promises are written in legally-binding contracts, and we'll be pursuing them."

Bolton released a response on Monday morning which read: "We are disappointed to read the statement as the club has been in dialogue with Mr Vince and Forest Green Rovers over this situation.

"We are hopeful that a satisfactory resolution will follow."

In the summer, Bolton players went on strike after they were not paid.

They avoided administration in September after former owner Eddie Davies gave the club a loan just days before he died.

On December 10, Anderson insisted there would be no mass exodus of players during the January transfer window to try to balance the club's books.

The Championship strugglers are currently under an EFL registration embargo as they reportedly owe money to football creditors.

Wanderers confirmed on Saturday that the permanent deal which had been in place to sign fellow loanee Remi Matthews had been cancelled, with the goalkeeper back at Norwich.


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