Freedman 'Fed Up' With Immovable Players

  • April 19, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman says he is 'fed up' of dealing with players who are only at Bolton for the money and hopes to change the mentality of his squad in the summer.

Almost two years have passed since Wanderers were relegated from the Premier League and although Freedman has managed to move on players such as Kevin Davies, Sam Ricketts and Martin Petrov since arriving at the club in October 2012, a good number of players who were at the Reebok Stadium before him remain on top-flight salaries.

Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears, Zat Knight and Stuart Holden will all be out of contract at the end of June, as well as Andre Moritz and Arran Lee-Barrett, and Freedman says if certain individuals think they are bigger than the club, he will happily move them on in favour of players who want to wear the white shirt.

"I'm fed up, in 20 months of being here, of players who feel this football club owes them something," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"They think it's their damn right that 'I should be playing this week.'

"We should be looking forward and I want players who want to be here. If they don't want to be here, then that's my attitude - go.

"I have got to do some trading. This club hasn't done enough in the past. It hasn't produced enough assets to trade.

"We've relied on loans, then when they go back we start all over again.

"I'm yet to see what the budget is going to be for next season but I don't think it will be as it has been.

"I would like to think I can keep a hold of one or two, but know that one or two will move on and a few will come in.

"I think it will naturally cut itself up with a few coming to the end of their contract who are on good Premier League money.

"It's definitely opened my eyes that we need to trade. I owe it to the fans that we see some fresher, younger faces because when we've had that, results have improved."

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