Freedman takes reins at Reebok

Published Oct. 25, 2012 9:15 a.m. ET

Bolton have named former Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman as their new manager - and he is "excited about the challenge ahead".

Freedman took over from George Burley at Selhurst Park in January 2011 and initially helped Palace move out of the relegation zone before leading them to the League Cup semi-finals in his first full season in charge.

Trotters chairman Phil Gartside said: "Dougie is young and ambitious. When we met his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game was evident.

"He has a real drive and passion, and knows what we want to achieve and how we want to go about it. I am looking forward to working with Dougie to secure that."

Freedman said: "I am delighted to join Bolton. The club is geared up to getting back into the Premier League.

"There is an impressive set-up and structure in place, and a first team squad of undoubted quality.

"I am excited about the challenge ahead of us."