Date: 25th July 2014 at 9:53am
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Keith Andrews’ Bolton departure was finally confirmed on Thursday with him seeing out the final year of his contract away from the club, once again.

Dougie Freedman and Andrews do not seem to see eye to eye with it clear for quite sometime that the Irish midfielders future wasn’t with Wanderers but his contract was proving a problematic area, both for us to keep paying and for others to match to sign him up.

Andrews does technically remain under contract with the club but will play out the final year of this during a loan spell with championship rivals Watford, with his season-long loan deal seeing him through to becoming a free agent.

Watford would, you would expect, be paying a significant portion towards his wages during this loan spell?

Little love seems to be lost between the player and club as usually when a player departs they are ‘wished well’ aren’t they but Wanderers official announcement of his departure contained no such thoughts….

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5 Replies to “Andrews Departure Confirmed”

  • I am not really sad to see him go. Another overpaid underachiever holding the club to ransom to fund his lifestyle. If he really wanted “regular football” he would take a pay cut and we may get a small fee. Instead we subsidise both Watford and Andrews unless I’m missing something. Shameful.

  • I can also see potential for the Bogdan situation and Chungy position to play out the same way. Is it just us who cannot manage contracts and get the best from our resource while we have it under contract?? Mears/Eagles/Knight/Petrov/Andrews/Sordell etc etc that is a lot of fees wasted and wages paid. For what??

  • listen to the inside leaks, Freedman alienated many players with his arrogant abrasive attitude, when half of the team stops performing something is seriously wrong and you cannot use the old excuse of over paid players under achieving as if that was true every single player in the premiership and most in the championship would be under achieving. A dilemma that did exist was players signed up when we were in the premiership on top wages found themselves alongside new team mates recently signed up who were getting a fraction of their money – that can create resentment in the new guys – you can’t blame the players it comes down to the management who should put clauses in the contracts that wages will fall if the club is relegated, unfortunately you need a smart chairman if you are to do things right.

  • You look at the players who have left us since DF took over, almost all of them are playing at a lower level than we are at. Many are now iut of work, the likes of Eagles, Knight, Mears do not have a club with less than 2 weeks to go til the season starts. To me it would appear that Df took the right attitude and the players who were prepared to work hard and fight for the shirt are still here while the ones content to pick up their large salary regardless are nowhere to be seen.

  • Indeed. The problem was nothing to do with Freedman. The problem is that the players Owen Coyle spent all our parachute payment money, and much more besides, on were poor players on wages that were crucifying the club’s finances, particularly once the Financial Fair Play regulations were introduced.

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