Coyle swayed Freedman decision

New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has revealed a conversation with

predecessor Owen Coyle was an important factor in him accepting the

job.

The former Scotland striker left Crystal Palace last week to

fill the managerial vacancy left by Owen Coyle – and revealed he

spoke to his compatriot about how best to set out his stall at the

Reebok Stadium.

“I spoke to Owen last week and he told me what I had to hear. He

told me ‘you have a great group of lads but who are

under-performing and probably need a different voice with different

ideas,” Freedman said.

“He is a good man and you have got to respect his views. I

normally have a weekly catch-up with him – it’s that old Scottish

connection. So, I did speak to him before I said ‘yes’ but I wasn’t

calling to get a ‘yes’ I was calling for a general catch-up.

“He said ‘I hear you are in for the job’ and he told me what the

club was about. Owen Coyle is a good man but his ideas as a coach

and a manager are different from mine.

“I believe in the way I play the game and my philosophy on it,

how I give people opportunities and play with a no fear

factor.”