Bolton Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson has recently spoken out after being criticised by Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince, for letting the deal to sign Christian Doidge on a permanent basis fall through.
The Trotters signed the 26-year old in the summer on an initial loan deal that would be made permanent by the club in January.
But, after the Lancashire club were recently hit with a transfer embargo, the deal to sign the Welsh forward on a permanent basis collapsed, despite the latter relocating after penning a three-year deal. The League Two club are set to sue Wanderers, after breaching contract terms.
But Anderson has now responded to Rovers’ chairman Dale Vince, who recently launched an attack on the under-fire chairman, with the former calling the latter one of the “strangest people” that he has come across in football.
“Despite what the media and Dale Vince, the chairman of Forest Green Rovers, has said about us being unable to sign players as we are in an embargo, I can confirm that we have had directions from the EFL on how we can sign players.
“As regards to Dale, l can only say that during my several telephone discussions with him, l have found him to probably be one of the strangest people that l have ever come across in football – and in my 20 plus years in the game, l have met hundreds of players, managers , directors and club owners, so that’s saying something!
“I have read and heard his recollection of our telephone conversations and have given them the credit they deserve and promptly dispatched them into the bin.”
Bolton are currently in turmoil in the Sky Bet Championship – Phil Parkinson’s men have won just one of their previous sixteen league outings, and currently sit 22nd in the table, three points adrift of safety.
They travel to Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, in search of an invaluable three points in the league.
This is a very interesting development, and one that I didn’t expect Anderson to respond like this.
This isn’t the first time that he’s come under major criticism this season, after the saga with former players such as Karl Henry not being paid their bonuses from last season, at the start of this season.
They really need to get their act together behind the scenes, and start acting like a club who want to avoid relegation once again this term.