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Bolton manager ready to call Millwall's bluff over Feeney

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BOLTON manager Dougie Freedman has insisted he will not be pressured into a permanent deal for Liam Feeney.

Millwall have threatened to recall Feeney prematurely from his three-month loan spell with the Trotters after he impressed in his first three appearances.

The Lions will allow the midfielder to remain with Bolton on the condition they agree to buy him now, but Freedman has warned he is prepared to call Steve Lomas' bluff.

He said: "I have heard the rumours through his agent that Millwall might call him back. Any loan I do I will do my best to stick to that deal. The deal was for three months and then he goes back.

"We were told we must have him for three months; [they said] you can't have him for a month, which I was delighted with. And after the third month there is an option to buy him at X amount of money.

"I said to the chairman 'that's a good deal because after three months I can tell you if he is worth that sort of money'. Two games into that people are now saying 'what's your decision'?

"They were the ones who insisted we should have Liam for three months. The hiccup is that there is a recall clause and it is their privilege to call him back.

"if they call him back after 28 days, I can't do a lot. Is the boy going to be upset going back to somewhere he wasn't playing, low on confidence? You are going to have to ask him.

"He has come up here and done well so maybe that is why they are calling him back. But I did a deal and I am sticking to my side of the deal. After three months we will give you a 'yes or a no' on this money.

"After two games it is difficult to say what are we going to do. Millwall are going to have to weigh up the situation.

"Is he going to come back happy and full of confidence? Or is he going to come back to somewhere he wasn't playing? It is a decision that is out of our hands."

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21 thoughts on “Bolton manager ready to call Millwall's bluff over Feeney

  • October 18, 2013 at 09:33
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    Oh Mr Andy Ambler, you are so stupid, did you for one minute think that Bolton were going to panic and offer you millions of pounds for an average player!!!!!!!!!! Doh!!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 09:39
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    ANDY AMBLER YOU ABSOLUTE WALLY.. NO BETTER OFF NOW THAN WHAT WE WAS 3 WEEKS AGO SHOULD OFF LEFT FEENEY WERE HE WAS TO BOAST UP HIS OWN VALUE FOR JANUARY AND THEN DIPPED INTO THE LOAN MARKET AND BROUGHT SOME YOUNG BLOOD IN FROM THE PREMIERSHIP... REALLY SOMETIMES I DO THINK FANS COULD RUN CLUBS.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 09:41
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    Funny how this story is getting so much news attention, surely any discussion on the deal wouldn't be so open. Don't really know what to believe!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • October 18, 2013 at 11:36
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      @Davey: Do you think it could have anything too do with taking the attention off the sides form over recent games, if what has been said has ant truth in it, then AA is as some of you have saidmust be a complete wally, look at the Andros Townsend comments, waste of time and no bearing on this club, it just makes Millwall as a club look ridiculous. Andy do your job get the club up the league and try to attract more investment into the club.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 09:52
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    Looks like we could have shot ourselves in the foot again.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 09:52
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    Fact is we NEED some width on the right hand side and what with Henry rimming KJ at wolves we have no choice but to bring Feeney back! Unless Bolton agree to buy we can't gamble on buying ourselves due to FFP - for once I'm with AA!

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      • October 18, 2013 at 17:20
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        @Sealion: that would mean switching formation to 442 presumably and I don't think SL has the brain power to have two sets of tactics!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 10:05
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    F****** embarrassing. Freedman has us by the balls on this and I make him right. You have to feel for Feeney and JH for that matter. What an absolute mess this has turned into. I wouldn't want to come back to us either! Well done AA and SL, f****** joke.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 10:26
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    Oh dear just when the ongoing drama and embarrassment of the season so far couldn’t feel any worse. I actually want to apologise to Freedman on behalf of the club, he wanted a one month loan deal, Ambler insisted on a 3-month loan deal and then goes all ‘slippery Leicester’ on Bolton and decides after a two game trial he have to pay up or call him back.

    I suppose Hartford the enforcer will be knocking on Freedman’s door holding Dougie’s beloved Palace mascots Alice and Pete the Eagles as hostages for ransom. Regardless I say bring Feeney back and play him from the off in the right wing position, it wont cost us a transfer fee, we don’t have to wait for him to settle and gel with the team and he knows what the crowd expect. Think he come back a renewed player, he just needed confidence. So don’t be a wind-up about it Lomas and do what makes sense… that’s providing you know what you are doing eh?

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  • October 18, 2013 at 10:56
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    Can't really criticise Bolton at all for this, the sudden gear change in attitutde by us is bizarre even to our own fans. Why are we in such a hurry to recall a player that we will not use? As we play 433 I can't see where he would fit in.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:02
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    OK so Lomas wants to unload of Feeney, which in any walk of life must feel like a kick in the balls to the player. Feeney has a couple of good games for Bolton, which is his way of putting up two fingers to Lomas to show him that he is not that bad a winger, if played in that position. Now Lomas wants the dosh to bring in another winger (Hunt, yes with an H) who has not played a game since May to add width and crosses to our strike force. Freedman is sticking by the deal Lomas made, now Lomas is saying pay now or we take Feeney back, which then means we can't buy Hunt as we have no cash. So to my mind we have a winger in place, who adds width and can provide crosses. Kenny saw the potential when he signed Feeney, why can't Lomas see that and give Liam a run in the team. It seems strange that Bolton's form has turned for the better since Liam joined them, surely one man can make such a difference to a team, can it.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:15
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    Cant see any other option now, than to bring him back ! Anything else makes the matter all the more embarrassing ! Another great performance in the market !

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:38
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    IF HE INTENDED ON PLAYING HIM AND RATED HIM HE WOULD OF NEVER BEEN OUT ON LOAN.. THEY DONT KNOW WEATHER THEY ARE COMING OR GOING HALF THE TIME

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:01
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    You stay where you are Liam, enjoy your football and come back to us (28 days or more later) a more confident player. The fans will gladly welcome you back. The club want money now to bring in Hunt, I for one think this is a mistake and would rather we welcome back a rejuvenated Feens. COYL

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:19
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    yaaaaaaaaay more embarrassment ! poor feeney just let the lad settle some where ffs stop f****** him around.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:23
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    THE MILLWALL I HAVE LOVED LONGER THEN MY WIFE ARE BEGINING TO LOOK LIKE A LAUGHTING STOCK. ANDY EMBLER SEEMS TO BE PLAYING ITS MY BALL AND IM NOT PLAYING . SOME OF THE MESS COMING OUT OF THE BOARDROOM IS CHILDISH AND NOT THE WAY US LIONS FANS WANT TO SEE OR HEAR . WE ARE BETTER THEN THAT SO SHOW SOME BALLS ANDY AND MAN UP AND DO RIGHT BY THIS CLUB. WE WILL BE HERE LONG AFTER YOU F**C OF

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    • October 18, 2013 at 12:25
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      @DANNY: AA was not like that with KJ so is AA or SL that is ballsing this up?

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      • October 18, 2013 at 12:34
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        @CavanLion: sl will not be making the cantract decisions so lets keep off his back on this one,also lets call boltons bluff and bring feeney back then see what bolton do, after if he is playing so well they wont want to lose him,let the board show some balls on this one,its all a game of football poker

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:37
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    Freedman has shown us up for what we are; Clueless, panicky, and with no real direction or ideas on what to do with the players we have at our disposal. I keep going back to what i feel the real problem is, the coaches. IMO Lomas is too inexperienced to manage in a league as tough as the Championship, especially at a club like Millwall. We need an old head to steady the ship, not a cross between the Tasmanian Devil and a chicken with its head cut off. It will be interesting tomorrow to see if the players raise their game, but if they do i'm afraid it will be to impress their paymaster JB, not because their manager is making sense or to appease us long suffering supporters.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 17:15
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    This is like the Chris wood situation in reverse.

    But we ain't clever like West brom.

    If we had left him and said nothing, and he carried on impressing, clubs would become alert and then we may have one or two options when and if we wanted to sell him - like Leicester did with wood.

    His value then goes up - simple as that.

    Unfortunately out beloved lions are too feckin stupid to learn from experience!

    And don't get me started on Lowry, Forde and Trotter!!!!!

    I long for the day when Millwall do some good business.

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