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Wanderers React To Statement From Forest Green Chairman On Christian Doidge

Christian Doidge is heading back to Forest Green Rovers and according to Forest's chairman is Bolton's fault.

The striker joined Bolton on loan at the end of August with a deal in place for the move to become permanent in January.

But Rovers chairman Dale Vince has issued a statement criticising Wanderers saying they're not able to honour the one million pound deal that was agreed and he's also stated Forest Green have been paying his wages during the last four months.

Vince said

"From Monday morning, Christian Doidge is back with FGR. We've taken the decision to recall him after his loan agreement expired last week amid continual contractual breaches by Bolton Wanderers.

"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. They haven't even paid his wages for the last four months (we have).

"It's not just FGR that have been let down badly by Bolton, but Christian too.

"Bolton's Chairman, 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.

"When the dust settles, we'll talk to the EFL about how they regulate clubs like Bolton. They already regulate the club to a degree, controlling all TV monies to make sure that football debts get paid. Hard not to wonder whether the league could also have a role in approving the terms of any contracts entered into - to make sure that they are actually within the means of the club. We had no way to know, but the EFL should have the inside view on that.

"And finally (for now...) - Disappointing as it is to see this go pear shaped, both for FGR and Christian, I'm also excited by the prospect of the second half of the season with Christian back with us. I'm sure all FGR fans everywhere will join me in welcoming him back"

Bolton Wanderers have issued a statement of their own saying

"Bolton Wanderers Football Club is aware of the statement issued by Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince.

 "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."

Meanwhile club supporters groups are organising a protest before, during and after Bolton's game with West Bromwich Albion on Monday 21st Jan.

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