Forest Green Rovers owner to sue Bolton Wanderers over alleged breach of contract

Financially troubled Bolton Wanderers are set to be sued by the owner of League 2 side Forest Green over an alleged breach of contract regarding the transfer of Christian Doidge.

The striker was due to sign for Wanderers permanently this month for £1 million following an initial loan spell with the first £250,000 instalment due on 3 January. However, Bolton pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute after the Football League (EFL) placed a transfer embargo on the club.

The £1 million fee was expected to be paid in four instalments, each December until 2021.

Bolton’s actions have infuriated Forest Green owner Dale Vince who has since announced he is ready to start legal proceedings claiming Bolton backtracked on a contractual obligation to sign the player.

The dispute has since led to a war of words between the two clubs owners.

Forest Green owner Mr Vince said: “It’s not happening. We’re not in conversation any more, there’s no dialogue, there’s zero prospect. I feel like we have just been fobbed off from the get-go. A lot of promises were made in August and a contract was entered into that I don’t think they had the means to honour, or the intention to actually. I just think it’s reckless behaviour. They had no care about their ability to pay or honour the contract and I just don’t think they had a genuine intention to see it through. We will sue Bolton for the breach of contract over the transfer – the first £250,000 was due to be paid last week. We will pursue them for that.”

Mr Vince has since threatened to issue a winding-up order against the club. The news leaves many associated with Bolton Wanderers fearful for their future with the club after they had to secure a loan from the Professional Footballers’ Association to pay players wages in November and December.

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Mohit Pasricha

Mohit Pasricha

Solicitor at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Mohit is a solicitor and Head of Sports Law at Mackrell Turner Garrett, advising and representing clients within the sports sector by providing specialist advice on a wide range of commercial, corporate and intellectual property matters. His clients include clubs, commercial sponsors, sports agents, and individual sporting professionals.