Freedman Officially Unveiled As Bolton Boss

  • October 29, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman has been officially unveiled to the media as the new manager of Bolton Wanderers.

Freedman was appointed as the successor to Owen Coyle on Thursday and took charge of his first training session at Euxton on Monday.

The 38-year-old resigned from his post at Crystal Palace last week in order to make the switch to the Reebok Stadium and he admitted he couldn't turn down the opportunity of being the man to take the Wanderers back into the Premier League.

"I'm excited and can't wait to get started," Freedman told the club's official website. "These are exciting times for myself and hopefully for everyone involved with the football club.

"I first learned of interest from Bolton on the weekend when I was in charge of Crystal Palace for what is always an interesting game against Millwall.

"I had been informed of the interest from Bolton and I had that you feeling you used to get as a young kid. I was really excited.

"I spent the weekend analysing my options with my family. I turned round to the chairman Phil Gartside on Monday and he made me feel wanted and came across very ambitious.

"We had a good chat for a couple of hours. We've got a good squad who I feel just need some direction.

"The chairman outlined his plans for the club. We have got the tools here to get straight back to the Premier League and I'm a young manager who wants exactly that.

"I don't think we should feel bad or embarrassed at all to highlight the fact that promotion is our aim. We've got a few different issues that need taking care of.

"Once me and the chairman had sat down and had a chat, I think I owed to both myself and my family to make the most of this opportunity.

"It was, of course, a difficult decision to leave Crystal Palace. I've spent a lot of time there. I've got a lot of memories there and me and the fans go back a long way.

"I feel I've left Crystal Palace in a good position both on and off the field. They've got some great assets there and I feel I've done both the club and myself proud there.

"It's a new challenge for me. I look forward, I never look back. The future for me is working hard with the squad I've got and beginning to turn things around.

"I feel that the club is still suffering from the relegation of last season. We need to get that out of the minds of the players and onto winning promotion. We've certainly got a good enough squad to do that."

Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming have both been tipped to follow Freedman to the Reebok Stadium, after occupying the roles of assistant manager and first-team coach during his time at Selhurst Park.

When questionned about the chances of the duo following him, the new Wanderers boss confirmed the club are looking into possibility of adding them to the new setup.

"We are trying for one or two in terms of backroom staff," he said. "It's difficult right now. Whether the staff come in from Crystal Palace to help me, that remains to be seen. There has been contact made between the two clubs.

"My philosophy is very simple. Work hard and pass the ball in the right way and then we move forward together.

"First and foremost, we want to implement a winning style. We've got to look at the squad we've got and implement a style that suits us.

"We'll maybe look at getting one or two players who haven't been involved recently back in the fold.

"I want to make sure that the players, staff and fans are all working for one thing - success."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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