Bolton make Freedman approach

Bolton have made an official approach to Championship rivals

Crystal Palace for Dougie Freedman as they bid to fill their

managerial vacancy.

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

successor.

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

Freedman.”

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.