COOPER: DOIDGE GRASPS ROVERS RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Karl Shuker

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

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