Freedman Holds Feeney & McNaughton Regrets

  • February 17, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says he regrets failing to secure permanent deals for Liam Feeney and Kevin McNaughton.

Both players joined Wanderers on loan last September and enjoyed successful spells at the Reebok Stadium. McNaughton stayed at the club until December, while Feeney's deal was cut short after just one month.

Financial restraints have denied Freedman the opportunity to go in search of permanent transfers but he says he did try to sign the duo on a full-time basis, only to be knocked back for differing reasons.

"Looking back on my time so far, I'd try to buy one or two of the players before I'd taken them on loan," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"That's a judgement you make and there are different details to each one but when someone comes into this building it's because I want to keep them.

"It means I have looked at them, analysed their game, and they fit in with what I want from them.

"So if I'm honest, and in hindsight, I wish I'd nailed down a deal for both Liam and Kevin.

"Liam Feeney had a price on his head and I felt comfortable with it at the time. We were getting him on loan and I thought we would be able to pay that in January. I was happy with that.

"But the whole thing broke down because they (Millwall) wanted the money after he'd played two games for us.

"It's a shame because he's a good player and I still look out for him.

"I'd had a conversation with Kevin's agent in the summer and he had a testimonial coming up and wanted to sign a new contract with Cardiff to play in the Premier League.

"When he came to us, Malky (Mackay) said it was on condition that he was only being loaned and would be going back at some point. I did enquire to buy but he said 'let's just see how we go.'

"With the change in manager, things change, opinions change, and the chance had gone. But that's how it has gone for us just recently, isn't it?"

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