Gartside Backs Bolton Manager Dougie Freedman

  • January 13, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has praised the job Dougie Freedman is doing at the club, with limited finances at his disposal.

Freedman has been in charge at the Reebok Stadium since taking over from Owen Coyle in October 2012 and although the club's league position hasn't altered much in the 15 months that have followed, major changes behind the scenes look set to keep the club in a strong position for years to come.

Gartside says the incoming Financial Fair Play rules mean it has been difficult for owner Eddie Davies to provide funds to the Wanderers boss, but he believes the club will return to the Premier League with patience from all concerned about their current plight.

"Dougie has had a tough job since he came in," Gartside told BBC Radio Manchester.

"FFP has made it more difficult to give him funds but he's comfortable with it. He's restructured the club and changed the training ground.

"He cares about bringing youth through and at his last club he showed he wants to work with young and hungry players. From my point of view I think he has done a damn good job.

"He's also a young British manager and we don't have enough of those.

"Be patient with us. It is a tough time and it is difficult for everyone but we want to be back in the Premier League.

"We have got a great benefactor in Eddie Davies who has been here for 15 years and he's not easing up.

"We've got to be patient to allow us to develop into that team again."

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