Bolton make Freedman approach
Bolton have made an official approach to Championship rivals
Crystal Palace for Dougie Freedman as they bid to fill their
Wanderers, relegated from the Premier League last term, have
been without a manager since on October 9 on the back of an
indifferent start to life in the npower Championship.
Speculation regarding an approach for boss Freedman was widely
reported over the weekend and, at Monday morning’s press briefing
for Tuesday night’s trip to Wolves, caretaker-manager Jimmy
Phillips revealed Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has informed him of
the club’s intentions to secure the 38-year-old Scot as Coyle’s
Phillips said: “Phil said from the outset he’d be open and
honest with us and he came to the training ground (on Sunday) and
said he had made contact with Palace to speak to Dougie
Phillips, who led Wanderers to a 3-2 win over Bristol City in
his first game at the helm on Saturday having been touted for the
post himself in some quarters, added: “We’ve said all along, Phil
and Eddie (Davies, owner) will be the people who pick the next
manager of Bolton Wanderers.
“It won’t be for anybody to put their names in the ring and
suggest they want to be manager.
“In the meantime we said we would work our hardest to get the
best out of the players.”
Former Palace striker Freedman succeeded George Burley at
Selhurst Park in January 2011 and led them to the semi-finals of
the Carling Cup last season.
The London outfit are currently fourth in the Championship table
– 12 places ahead of Bolton.