Reo-Coker Tips Bolton For Promotion

  • May 03, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker believes the club has what it takes to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Reo-Coker joined Wanderers on a free transfer from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011 and spent just one season at the Reebok Stadium, before quitting the club following their relegation last May.

Now playing his football in Canada with the Vancouver Whitecaps, the former England international thinks Bolton have what it takes to bounce back at the first attempt under the management of Dougie Freedman.

"I still speak to a few of the Bolton boys and the dressing room is very happy," Reo-Coker told talkSPORT.

"The football they're playing, the style they're playing; Dougie has come in and changed how they're playing, and I really do believe they have the quality, the players and what it needs for them to go up.

"I like it (the play-offs), I think it's exciting for the fans and also for the players. It is a great format and I don't think you should ever change that, I think it makes the season more exciting.

"Since Dougie has gone in there, I think he won one and they drew quite a lot of games - and maybe lost one or two - but since then they've stabalised the ship.

"The players that they've got - I played with them last year and I know what they're about and their ability. I do believe that they can make the Premier League, if they get in that play-off spot.

"I believe they have the right mentality and the right manager. He's got the experience and he's a young manager, up-and-coming, and I'm sure he'll be able to get them promoted back to the Premier League."

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