Freedman Confirmed As Bolton Boss

  • October 25, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman has been confirmed as the new manager of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, where he replaces Owen Coyle.

Coyle was sacked as Wanderers boss on October 9th, with Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby taking temporary charge of first team affairs since.

Freedman left his post at Crystal Palace on Tuesday and has now signed a contract at the Reebok Stadium, which is understood to be a three-year deal until the summer of 2015.

The 38-year-old had guided Palace into the play-off positions prior to his departure, as he continued to build on the improvements made at Selhurst Park since he was named as boss in January 2011.

Speaking about his decision to leave the Eagles, Freedman admitted the set-up at the Trotters was difficult to resist and he is relishing the opportunity to guide the club back into the Premier League.

"I am delighted to join Bolton, " Freedman told the club's official website. "The club is geared up to getting back into the Premier League.

"There is an impressive setup and structure in place and a first team squad of undoubted quality."

Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside praised the attitude of Freedman and admitted he was looking forward to working with the new boss.

"Dougie is young and ambitious," Gartside said. "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."

Bolton have confirmed that Phillips will remain in charge of the team for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough, with Freedman officially taking charge on Monday.

His first game as Wanderers boss will come a week on Saturday, when Cardiff City are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

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