COOPER: DOIDGE GRASPS ROVERS RETURN
FOREST Green boss Mark Cooper believes Christian Doidge “has got his head around” returning to the League Two club after his permanent move to Bolton collapsed.
Rovers chairman Dale Vince confirmed the striker would not be completing a January move to Wanderers after counterpart Ken 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.
“I feel devastated for Doidge because he is a great lad and shouldn’t be treated like that,” said Cooper.
“I think he has got his head around it now. We gave him a few days off to go and get his belongings from Bolton and he has looked sharp in training.”
The EFL confirmed they are in talks with both clubs in a bid to find an appropriate solution.
Bolton chairman Anderson has described Forest Green counterpart Vince as “one of the strangest people” he has met in football.
Anderson fanned the flames of their on-going row by again refuting allegations made by Vince over the deal and said it would be decided in court whether there had been any breach of contract.
“As regards Dale, I can only say that during my several telephone discussions with him, l have found him to probably be one of the strangest people that I have ever come across,” said Anderson.
Vince claims Rovers have paid the forward’s wages for the past four months and that contracts have been breached.
The response comes days after Vince questioned Anderson’s running of the Championship club, saying: “They have paid nothing, literally nothing, for him for half the season and they don’t care.”
FOCUS: Christian Doidge