Freedman: Mentality Must Change

  • October 30, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman has questioned the attitude of Bolton's players and admits his first job is to restore a winning mentality.

Wanderers' 11-year stay in the Premier League came to an end in May and after a disappointing start to the new campaign, Freedman's takes over a side currently occupying 18th place in the Championship.

Freedman, who was officially unveiled as the successor to Owen Coyle on Monday, believes the mentality of fighting against relegation is one that the club must rid itself of, if they are to challenge for a place back in the top flight.

"Certain players believe the club was made for them and that will certainly change," Freedman said.

"We all need to understand from the beginning that you're only as good as your last game.

"I will make sure they turn up every day determined to get better and respect each other. If they don't, I'll deal with them.

"The attitude of the players can change. I have a feeling the mentality isn't right. That has probably spread up through the club.

"The reason is because they've been fighting relegation the last couple of years and were then relegated.

"There has to be a desire for success and I will be questioning everybody when they come into work where they are trying to head."

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